Town & Country, Western Reserve farm co-ops merge

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ASHLAND, Ohio — Members of Western Reserve Farm Cooperative Inc. and Town and Country Co-op Inc. have approved merging the two cooperatives.

According to an announcement on the Town and Country website, the results of the ballot counting Dec. 1 showed that 85 percent of the Western Reserve members were supportive of the merger, and 84 percent of the Town and Country members supported it. Both are based in Ohio.

The new cooperative’s board of directors include: Steve Babcock, Ashland; Ron Baumann, Amherst; Charlie Bratton, Danville; Brian Cadnum, Hinckley; Rick Eldred, Kingsville; Dale Hulit, Mansfield; Chris Kartley, Garrettsville; Gary Krieg, Orwell; Ken Kuhns, North Bloomfield; Bill Simmons, Medina; Larry Springer, Jefferson; Jim Steiner, Sterling; Earl Stitzlein, Loudonville; Kevin Troyer, Waterford, Pennsylvania; and Bill Walter, Spencer, Ohio.

President and CEO will be Jean Bratton, who is currently the chief operating officer of Town & Country. The merger is effective March 1.

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