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Logistics Facts

  • The transportation departments in the U.S. and Ontario coordinate and arrange for the delivery of more than 150,000 truckloads of products each year to local cooperatives. About 400 loads are delivered each day, with more than 1,300 loads daily during peak season periods.
  • Truck deliveries are made by a combination of dedicated contract carriers and common carrier operations. These carriers, when combined, travel more than 13 million miles each year.
  • The GROWMARK System receives 6,500 rail shipments and more than 400 barge shipments each year. The Logistics Division directly manages a percentage of these shipments to ensure the System receives the best combination of service and cost.
  • GROWMARK has an ISO 9001:2008 compliant distribution center in Alpha, Ill., with five acres (240,000 square feet) under one roof, housing more than 7,000 different items. Annual sales of products going through the warehouse exceed $150 million.
  • In 2014, GROWMARK opened a 75,000 square foot warehouse in Nashville, Ill. to serve the nine southernmost Illinois members.
  • GROWMARK distribution operations include a facility in Kitchener, Ont. It is an 87,000 square foot facility which is also ISO 9001:2008 compliant, signifying quality control from receipt of product to its final delivery.
  • The tank and truck centers assemble liquid fuel and propane delivery units for customers in seven states, including FS cooperatives in Illinois, Iowa, and Wisconsin and independent marketers in the Midwest and beyond. The tank and truck centers manufactured over 60 delivery units this year alone and have helped increase their customers’ delivery capacity by over 200,000 gallons of propane and liquid fuel.