Farm City Elevator, Inc., was founded and incorporated in December 1965 by Roger Wuttke, Roger was a dairy farmer who wanted to stay in agriculture industry even after deciding to sell his cows. He had an opportunity to purchased a feed mill in Delavan, WI that served local dairy, hog, and chicken producers. He sold this facility 18 months later and bought another feed mill in Darien, Wisconsin in July 1967. For the next 11 years this mill served area livestock producers with very few changes until 1978 when Roger purchased the adjacent grain elevator. From that time on, the Darien elevator went through many expansions to keep up with the ever-increasing grain production in the local area and now has over three million bushels of grain storage space.
In May 1985, Roger’s son Randy joined Farm City Elevator, Inc., after graduating from UW-Madison with a degree in agricultural economics. Randy is now Vice President of Farm City and oversees the grain logistics and merchandising areas.
Over the last three decades, Farm City Elevator has continued to expand. It began operations in Orfordville, Wisconsin in 1987, improving and updating the facility over the years. This facility now has over three million bushels of space.
In 1993 Farm City also began operating in Milton, Wisconsin which presently has almost two million bushels of space.
Unfortunately, on September 12, 2001, the feed mill in Darien caught fire and was completely destroyed. After much time, effort, and research, the feed portion of Farm City Elevator, Inc., was rolled into a joint venture with Northern FS (presently Conserv FS). This new company, Complete Feed Service, LLC., started operations in March 2002 in Sharon, WI serving livestock producers in a 50-mile radius of the state line.
In 2005, Farm City added operations in Brodhead, Wisconsin with a capacity of almost three million bushels. Five years later, it acquired a three million bushel flat storage building in Sharon, Wisconsin to be used for long term grain storage. And three years after that, it acquired another grain elevator in Zenda, Wisconsin. This last location recently underwent construction of additional grain bins and dryer and is now expected to have space for almost four million bushels of space after an additional bin is completed in the summer 2014.
As you can see, Farm City Elevator, Inc, has a rich history and has been meeting the needs of grain and livestock producers in southern Wisconsin and northern Illinois for almost 50 years, continually seeking new locations and offering new services to assist them. We look forward to developing and growing these valued customer relationships for many years to come.