Our History


The Shipman Cooperative Elevator Company was originated by a group of area farmers in 1919. At the first Annual Meeting held June 7, 1920 seven directors were elected. L.B Manning, Wm. H. Schoeneman, W.S. Matlack, W.G. Frank, H.J. Heal, C.T. Breitwiser, and A.G. Schoeneman. On March 18, 1946, the company took the name “Shipman Elevator Company” and was governed by a board of seven directors. In 1977 Shipman Elevator Company had only 12 employees. Now, over theirty years later CHS in Shipman has nearly 70 full-time employees. 

This cooperative system still lives today. In 2012, Shipman Elevator Company merged into part of the Country Operations division of CHS Inc. CHS Inc. (chsinc.com) is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States. Diversified in energy, grains and foods, we’re committed to helping our customers, farmer-owners and other stakeholders grow their businesses through our domestic and global operations. CHS, a Fortune 100 company, supplies energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food and food ingredients, along with business solutions including insurance, financial and risk management services. We operate petroleum refineries/pipelines and manufacture, market and distribute Cenex® brand refined fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.Fast-forwarding to 2014 the board of directors are; Tom Connors (President), Randy Rieman (VP), David Megen (Secretary), William Heyen, Gary Vahle, Jerry Kruckeburg and Craig Kniepmann.
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