Company Culture

  • Family-oriented
  • Purposeful
  • Longevity
  • Service-oriented
  • Flexibility
  • Community-minded
  • Teamwork
  • Advancement

Health & Wellness

    • Health Insurance
    • Flexible Spending Account Program
    • Health Screenings
    • Wellness Program
    • Employee Assistance Program
    • Safety Program
    • Aflac Coverage
    • Short & Long Term Disability

Beyond the Basics

  • 401(k) Plan
  • Company Match & Profit Sharing
  • Paid Time Off
  • Paid Holidays
  • Company Paid Life Insurance
  • Tuition Reimbursement

Our Vision

We develop long-term relationships with customers and the community that exceed their business expectations.


Our Mission

We provide quality service, products, and markets to enhance the value of the Cooperative.


Melissa Sharbowski
Office Specialist, Ruth, MI

“The past 22 years working with the talented team members of the Cooperative Elevator Co. has been the best opportunity!  My experience at the Ruth Plant has been great, and my duties include customer service and business office responsibilities.  I recently joined the Accounting Team helping with accounts payable as well.  I enjoy working with the patrons and my coworkers at a safe, productive workplace.  We are fortunate to have exceptional patrons who care about the Coop, and we work hard to provide them great products and excellent customer service!”

Adam Armbruster
Plant Operator, Pigeon, MI

“What I like most about working at the Coop is the flexibility. Over the past 16 years I’ve been able to move around within the company as different jobs became open. I’ve never felt “stuck” in one job during my career here. It’s very nice being able to move around and help other plants as needed. Overall, it’s been nothing but a good experience working at the Coop.”

Ryan Morrish
Plant Operator, Sebewaing, MI

“During my 22 years of service at the Cooperative Elevator Co I have worked in many different areas. While the jobs are different, the goals are the same – everyone working together to get the job done. Overall a great company to work for with the opportunity to advance. The Coop is very focused on employee safety, and I really enjoy, and take pride in working here.”

Devin Koroleski
Agronomy Sales Consultant, Bad Axe, MI

“My career with the Cooperative Elevator Co. started in the Summer of 2019 when I was an intern based at the Pigeon Fertilizer location. My experiences that summer working with the Coop agronomists across the Thumb was excellent, as I was able to gain hands-on experience in the field and on the technical side of agronomy. After graduating with a degree in Agriculture Business Management in 2020, I returned to the company to apply the skills I gained through my internship and my college career to provide agronomy consulting  for growers in the Thumb area. The time I have spent with the Cooperative Elevator and my dedicated, knowledgeable colleagues has shown me how fortunate I am to work at such a great company!”

Job Listings

Fertilizer Plant Operator – Bad Axe, MI

Full-Time • Bad Axe, MI

We are looking for a qualified individual to provide excellent customer service and perform general fertilizer plant operations.  When not busy with fertilizer, this person may work in other plant areas as needed. Good math and computer skills important.  Being self-motivated and organized a must! This position will require a CDL with the proper endorsements. 

More Info / Apply Online

Dry Bean Plant Processor – Pigeon, MI

Full-Time • Pigeon, MI

We have immediate openings for bean plant processors at the Colored Bean Plant. This person will receive, process, grade and ship dry bean product.  Also, bag beans, load totes and stack product.  This person may work on other shifts at the CBP or work at other plants as needed.  Computer skills and attention to detail a must; a CDL with the proper endorsements helpful.

More Info / Apply Online

Plant Operator – Ruth, MI

Full-Time • Ruth, MI

We are looking for a qualified individual to receive, process, grade and ship grain, bean and/or fertilizer products.  This person will also load/unload trucks and rail cars; drive fertilizer tender or tandem to transfer grain/beans; assist with recordkeeping, housekeeping and preventative maintenance, etc.  Flexibility is key!
Customer service and computer skills a must; a CDL with the proper endorsements required.
More Info / Apply Online


Summer Agronomy Intern

An agronomy summer intern assists the agronomy team with soil and tissue sampling, crop scouting, planting and maintaining plots, shadowing agronomy sales staff, and visiting patrons farms.  Interns also learn other aspects of the Cooperative Elevator Co., including marketing and petroleum.  Applications are accepted in the fall for the following summer internship.

Job Responsibilities:

  • Provides prompt, efficient, and professional service to customers.  Clearly and courteously communicates with customers promoting a positive company image at all times.
  • Assists with planting company plots and helps maintain plots and corresponding record keeping.
  • Collects tissue samples and sends in for analysis.
  • Scouts, monitors, and assesses crops for conditions, weeds, and pests.  Keeps agronomy staff apprised of conditions.
  • Performs soil testing and may help present results to clients.
  • Job shadows agronomy sales staff to learn more about the business.
  • Assists with quality testing for wheat harvest.
  • Attend agronomic training sessions and team meetings.
  • Exposure to all aspects of the Company business including grain and dry bean marketing and petroleum.

Critical Success Factors

  • Is open and reacts positively/productively to change; willingly takes on new challenges.
  • Outstanding interpersonal and communication skills.
  • Works effectively in a team environment; is cooperative with other team members and is willing to assist others.
  • Self-starter with high level of initiative.
  • Presentation skills.
  • Professional demeanor.