Alpena Co-Op feature

Alpena Co-Op Service employees shown left to right, from top: Curtis Burkel, Chad Kopfmann, Monte Kopfmann, DeVonne Losing and Kerri Hjellum, Marty Moody, Todd Braun and Monte Kopfmann. 

Communication and teamwork prove to be important pieces of the puzzle for Alpena Co-Op’s success 

Serving farmers with a company culture based on small-town values is what local, customer-owned Alpena Co-Op knows its patrons expect — and is what the agriculture service cooperative has been doing for the last 73 years, since 1947. 

“We are unique in that everyone else in the area has merged,” said DeVonne Losing, Office Manager with 29 years under her belt at the local cooperative. “Our goal is to treat the small or large farmer the same. Each customer is important to us. We’re the last remaining local, customer-owned co-op — we need all of our customers.”

Attending to ag and service needs in the region around Alpena, Woonsocket and Wessington Springs, Alpena Co-Op’s employees and board attribute its longevity as a local co-op to teamwork at the office, in the field and in the shop, plus solid communication between employees and the board. 

“Working as a team is the biggest thing, all the guys know each other’s positions,” Losing said. “Our customers like that we have the goal of delivering that day. It’s always been our goal as long as I can remember.”

Speaking of longevity, like Losing, several other employees have quite a few decades of service at the co-op. 

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