About Us

Our 1,000 members are the company. ECI‘s success is assured only by meeting or exceeding their expectations and your needs. We’re here to deliver value, without compromise. ECI is dedicated to contributing to your success and earning the privilege of being your partner. ECI operates facilities in Cedar Falls, Hudson, Jesup, LaPorte City, and Waterloo providing grain, feed, agronomy, seed, and energy products and services.

Our management, staff, and board of directors would be happy to hear from you. CONTACT US for answers to your questions.

ECI History Timeline

1947-August 5 - The Cooperative of Hudson was incorporated.   

1950- Manager-John Steenhoven        Board President-Vanghn L. Craft  - 283 members.  

1953- Manager-W. A. Briggs               Board President- Vaughn L. Craft  

1954- Manager-W.A. Briggs                Board President- Lester Parris   

1957- Manager-W. A. Briggs                Board President- Wesley Yuska  

1961- Manager-Joy Hayes                   Board President- Wesley Yuska  

1965-February - Farmers Cooperative Co. of Cedar Falls became part of Hudson Coop.  

           Manager-Joy Hayes                  Board President-Wesley Yuska 

           Cedar Falls Manager-Durwood Fersen 

1969- Manager –Joy Hayes                    Board President-Wesley Yuska 

         Cedar Falls Manager-Lavern Thielen  

1970- Manager-Joy Hayes                      Board President-LeRoy Brasch        

                Cedar Falls Manager- Lavern Thielen     

1973- Purchased Hudson Fertilizer property. 

1974 - Manager-Joy Hayes                     Board President- LeRoy Brasch 

           Cedar Falls Manager-  Lavern Thielen     Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Hervie Thompson 

1975- Manager- Joy Hayes                       Board President-George Bailey 

          Cedar Falls Manager- Lavern Thielen      Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1976- Manager-Joy Hayes                       Board President-Harry Gutknecht 

             Cedar Falls Manager-Lavern Thielen        Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1977- Entered fuel business.    524 members. 

1981- Manager-Joy Hayes-retired 

          Manager-Harold Johnson             Board President-Harry Gutknecht 

          Cedar Falls Manager-Lavern Thielen      Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1982- Manager-Harold Johnson             Board President-Robert Yuska 

               Cedar Falls Manager-Lavern Thielen      Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1983-September -Hudson Cooperative lumber yard closed 

1985-Membership -754 

1988-January 1- Cooperative Energy is formed with Farmer's Cooperative –New Hartford, Grundy Center and   

          Reinbeck-      

            Manager-Myron Peterson 

1989-January 14- Rail in Hudson was abandoned. Manager Harold Johnson -Resigned 

          Manager-George Rude                  Board President-Robert Yuska 

          Cedar Falls Manager-Lavern Thielen      Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus  

1992- January-Coop of Hudson and Coop Energy was split. Fuel service was brought in house.   

1995- Manager George Rude                Board President-Robert Yuska 

          Cedar Falls Manager-Rand Renner        Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1996-February 1- Merge with Jesup Cooperative approved Forming East Central Iowa Cooperative 

          Manager-George Rude               Board President-Robert Yuska 

          Cedar Falls Manager-Rand Renner         Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

          Jesup  Manager-Richard Schaefer 

1997-Sept –Merge with La Porte City Coop 

         Manager-George Rude           Board President-Robert Yuska 

         Cedar Falls Manager-Rand Renner         Hudson Fertilizer Manager-Carlyle Nicklaus 

1999-February 

              Jesup Manager-Tom Murphy-Resigned June 2000 

2000-February- LPC tire center was sold. 

          Jeff Lee –Jesup Manager 

           July-Jesup Ag site procured and dirt work began, Hudson Ag shop completed. 

           September-ECIC website went live 

2002-Sept 3- Cenex merge final. December- Hudson mill ceased operation. Carlysle Nicklaus retires      

           and Don Dixon is hired as Agronomy manager 

2003-October-George Rude resigns as General Manager.  December-Dennis Maas hired as General Manager. 

2004-November-Terry Grant hired as Energy Manager 

2006-November-Gene Mitchell hired as Agronomy Manager- Brad Stewart hired as Grain Manager 

2007-September 1-Merge with Members Mutual final. 

          Condo storage program at Cedar Falls initialized. 

2008-June 10-Cedar River flood stage crested at 102.1’ completely flooding the Cedar Falls location. 

          Jesup Condo Storage program began 

          October-Assumed lease from U.S. Suppliers for Waterloo Grain facility. 

2009-July-Manager Dennis Maas resigned. 

2010-January-Mark Gove hired as Manager.  

2011-February-New ECI logo approved 

          May-Hudson feed mill closed 

          September-New Cedar Falls location opened 

          October-Ally Seed LLC was formed 

2012-January-Ben Buie hired as grain manager 

          December-Mike Reiter  elected President 

2013-August-Silveus Insurance license approved 

2014-October-Scott Halverson hired as Energy Manager 

          November-Justin Clark hired as Agronomy Manager 

2015-January-Mark Grove resigned 

         March-Randy Carlholm hired as General Manager