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Landmark Services, Countryside Co-op Merger is a Go
Wisconsin Ag Connection - 08/26/2020

The members of two Wisconsin agricultural cooperatives have given their approval towards a proposed merger. The boards of directors for the Cottage Grove-based Landmark Services Cooperative and Countryside Cooperative of Durand announced that a mail-in ballot vote on the proposed unification of the two companies has passed. As a result, the newly created entity will do business under a new name and will officially merge on March 1, 2021.

The co-ops said in a joint press release that the company's headquarters will be located in Cottage Grove and Landmark CEO Jim Dell will lead the newly formed organization. The board will consist of 10 directors, composed of six directors from the Landmark region and four directors from the Countryside region, but will eventually reduce its total number of board seats in the coming years.

"For both cooperatives, this is an important chapter added to our histories of growth," Dell said. "We recognize that with any major change, there will be a lot of hard work, challenges that are met, and hurdles to clear along the way, but our members have the unwavering commitment of both boards and leadership teams that this merger will be a success."

Landmark currently serves more than 11,000 members in southern Wisconsin, northern Illinois and eastern Iowa and employs more than 275 full-time people. Countryside now has 15,000 members in west-central Wisconsin and eastern Minnesota and has 500 workers on its payroll.

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