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Panhandle Coop was formed in 1942 with 60 members. Today the cooperative has over 20,000 members and over 400 employees. It is a very diversified company, providing products and services in petroleum, crop production, and retail which consists of convenience stores, dispensing stations, car and truck service, ag chemicals and fertilizer plants, crop consulting, and grocery stores.
The cooperative is owned by the people who use it and it is governed by a Board of Directors elected by the stockholders. Patrons may participate in annual patronage dividends based upon their purchases during the year and the Cooperative’s profit.
The 2012 Board of Directors: From left to right, front row: Mark Livingston-Broadwater, NE, Douglas Olsen-Banner County, NE, Ron Lerwick-Albin,WY, Tony Kaufman-Scottsbluff, NE, Steve Erdman-Bayard, NE.
Back row: Jim Lapaseotes-Bridgeport, NE, Clay Peterson-Torrington,WY, Rod Adams-Scottsbluff, NE, Norm Strong-Mitchell, NE, Mike Kaufman-Gering, NE.
Panhandle Coop differentiates itself by committing to the company’s core values and product; demonstrating hard-working; and the desire to have fun. Panhandle Coop’s success is in its employees; therefore our goal is to provide a positive working environment and recognize our employee’ hard work and contribution.
Our company is dedicated to our communities. We are members of local Chambers of Commerce, 4-H and FFA sponsorship, United Way Corporate Sponsor and employee involvement of Adopt-A-School programs, Nebraska Cooperative Council, donations to YMCA, local Kiwanis and Rotary Clubs, Keep Scottsbluff/Gering Beautiful, Nebraska Lottery, many employees are members of local volunteer fire departments, and other community programs.
Panhandle Cooperative Association is managed by President Robert Pile and Board Chairman, Ron Lerwick.