On August 1 Harvest Land purchased Community Oil Station, located at 650 S Miami St. West Milton, Ohio. Community Oil Station has been in operation since 1923 and was previously owned primarily by family. Since being purchased by Harvest Land, it is now owned by our 5,400 farmer-members.
We are proud that the Wilson family would consider our business values and embedded community spirit similar to theirs, creating a smooth transition of ownership. Ownership of the business may have changed, but the quality of service will not. Joe Wilson and Steve Pour joined the Harvest Land team and will continue to service the area they call home.
Though the name of the business is Community Oil Station, Harvest Land did not purchase the physical station, but rather the fuel gallons. We also made a substantial investment into the West Milton community and its people, which we were reminded of earlier this week.
Our CEO received a hand written letter from a farmer who has done business with Community Oil for over 50 years. They described the outstanding level of service received by Community Oil and the relationship of trust built over the decades.
Take a look:
“If your people is like the family
Joe, Steve & Kathy,
you will be fine with me.”
We can’t explain how much we appreciated this note from someone we’ve not yet met. Their confidence in our ability to keep the family spirit of Community Oil burning bright is not taken lightly.
The purchase of this business doesn’t just represent growth of our farmer-owned cooperative. It also signifies an investment in the West Milton community and a commitment of value to the families which we will serve.
Four of our Harvest Land energy locations participated in a successful 2016 Fueling Freedom event on June 24, and that success was thanks to each of you who stopped by and filled your tanks.
Our Elwood, Connersville, Greenfield and Greenville, OH fuel stations were part of CountryMark’s event, which, for every gallon of fuel pumped between noon and 5:00 PM CountryMark and Harvest Land donated 50 cents to the local National Guard.
100% of the proceeds from Fueling Freedom went on to support local National Guard Family Readiness Groups.
Family Readiness Groups fund activities for troops and their families. Many of the Family Readiness Groups use their funds to host summer picnics, hold Christmas dinners, send packages to deployed soldiers, and offer after-school programs for children of American soldiers.
Today we simply wanted to share with you photos from our locations and thank all of the hard working people who made the event a success. Until next year!
We invite you to run your gas tanks as low as you possbily can then cruise/roll into one of the following CountryMark stations on Friday, June 24 from 12:00 PM – 5:00 PM for our Fueling Freedom event.
Our Elwood, Connersville, Greenfield and Greenville, OH fuel stations are all particiapting locations for CountryMark’s 2016 Fueling Freedom event, which, for every gallon of fuel pumped during the event, CountryMark and Harvest Land will donate 50 cents to the local National Guard.
100% of the proceeds from Fueling Freedom will go to support local National Guard Family Readiness Groups.
Family Readiness Groups fund activities for troops and their families. Many of the Family Readiness Groups use their funds to host summer picnics, hold Christmas dinners, send packages to deployed soldiers, and offer after-school programs for children of American soldiers. This is the eighth year the CountryMark system has hosted Fueling Freedom events. In 2015, CountryMark’s Fueling Freedom program, which includes many farmer-owned cooperatives, raised more than $54,000 for local National Guard Family Readiness Groups.
We encourage everyone to come out for Fueling Freedom, purchase CountryMark TOP TIER gasoline and premium diesel fuel, and register to win a $150 fuel card. One fuel card will be given away at each CountryMark fueling station participating in Fueling Freedom.
Harvest Land’s Fueling Freedom goal is to
sell $2,500 gallons per station and donate
$1,250 to our local National Guard Family Readiness Program.
We invite you to come fill your tanks on June 24th from 12:00 – 5:00 for Fueling Freedom and support those who sacrifice so much for us.
Share this information with family & friends!
The Harvest Land Energy Department will soon be opening a new CountryMark diesel fueling station at our Richmond bulk plant location on NW 5th St. in an effort to more efficiently meet the needs of our over-the-road customers.
This location is central to many of the fleet operators in and around Richmond, with easy access to I-70. The new station will be an unattended location, offering 24/7 fueling service for CountryMark’s Premium Super Dieselex-4 as well as DEF (diesel exhaust fluid) to fleet card members. The station should open in mid-May.
Last week the 20,000 split tank, holding 12,000 gallons of CountryMark Premium Dieselex-4 and 8,000 gallons of DEF, was lowered into the ground just north of our administration building.
We thought you might enjoy seeing the tank installation process via a photo blog this week.
This was a good reminder of our past. The co-op used to sell coal and many remnants of that past venture were seen during the dig process.
Check out the sun beaming down on the construction site.
Can you spot John Speer, Energy Division Manager, doing his part to direct Mideast Machinery Movers?
Jim Sweigart and Julie Lamberson, both with Risk Management of East Central Indiana, were on hand to over see the process to ensure the safety of all involved.
We have had the pleasure of working with Jarrett Trucking & Grading and Mideast Machinery Movers, both out of New Paris, Ohio, on this project.
Stay tuned for updates on this project and the opening announcement!