Southern States Cooperative will review its operations at a series of local annual meetings, including the upcoming meeting for members of Southern States Cooperative Inc. - Philippi Service.
"Fiscal 2012 was an extremely challenging year for Southern States Cooperative," president and chief executive officer Thomas R. Scribner said. "The winter of 2012 was the mildest since 1932 and the second warmest since 1895. The warm temperatures significantly impacted our earnings, as agricultural producers needed less feed-related products and rural homeowners burned fewer gallons of home heating fuels.
"During fiscal 2013, the corporate direction will be to focus on the entire customer experience for current, new and prospective customers," he said. "It is our belief that with a customer-focused sales strategy, 2013 will be a great year."
Southern States Cooperative Inc. - Philippi Service will host its annual membership meeting on Sept. 12 at 110 Wood and Depot streets in Philippi. The business meeting will begin at 5:30 p.m.
The Cooperative's management will use the meeting to report on both local and company-wide operations, as well as projected budget results for next year. Local board members will be elected and retiring board members will be recognized.
Board nominees include Donald L. Moats, Roger L. Nestor, John R. Shaffer and Buddy Shreve.
If you go
What:?Southern States Cooperative Inc. - Philippi Service annual meeting
When: 5:30 p.m. Sept. 12
Where: 110 Wood and Depot streets, Philippi
District "E" Election Delegate nominees include William F. Poling, Shreve and John L. Stewart.
"The annual meeting is the best single opportunity to outline our plans for the future to our membership and discuss our progress in meeting our financial goals," Rodney Conrad, manager of Southern States Cooperative Inc. - Philippi Service, said. "The board of directors, management and employees of Southern States continue to be thankful for your business and dedication."
Founded in 1923, Southern States now has more than 300,000 farmer-members. As one of the nation's largest agricultural cooperatives, the Richmond, Va. based firm provides a wide range of farm inputs, including fertilizer, seed, livestock feed and pet food, animal health supplies and petroleum products, as well as other items for the farm and home. The Cooperative serves its members and non-member customers through some 1,200 retail outlets.