HDC History 1962-1987

1965

Bought Seco Mobile Feed Mill

Discussed merger with Hensall, Exeter and Seaforth or Hensall with UCO

1966

Wilmer Ferguson, manager

Purchased Zurich Builders’ Supplies in Zurich - $25,000

Installed aqua tanks

More merger meetings

1967

Purchased pay loader and lift trucks

Board decision to buy Mickle’s bean elevator in Hensall, spearheaded by Malcolm Davidson

Sales over $1,000,000

1968

Purchased Mickle’s bean elevator for $90,000, dryer and renovations $72,500

Bought land from Earl Soldan (five acres @ $1,500, north edge of Hensall)

Archie Couper, manager

Earl Wagner, assistant manager

Installed bulk fertilizer blender on Soldan property in Hensall 

1969

Bought more land from Earl Soldan

1970

Four silos constructed at elevator

Untimely death of Malcolm Davidson

1971

Sold property at south side of Hensall to W.G.Thompson - $32,500

Erected Hensall fertilizer building

Bert Klopp resigned as Secretary of Board, Elgin Hendrick took over

1972

Four more silos constructed;  electric eyes ordered

Zurich feed mill expanded

1973

Bulk bins for white beans erected

1974

New office, store and warehouse built on Soldan property and opened in March – cost $109,000

Purchased seed warehouse from Doug Cook at the northwest corner of Mill & Nelson, Hensall

Installed truck scales - $24,000

Approval for 28% storage

40 employees work at Hensall Co-op

1975

Expanded elevator – new dryer, four silos, hydraulic truck lifting facilities

Two new cleaning units - $500,000

First terragator

Sold Main Street property to Bayley Bros. for $23,500

Electric eyes purchased - $27,000

Two silos approved

1976

Probe sampling of grain installed

1977

Fluid blend fertilizer plant built

White bean crop damaged

1978

Purchased computer

Kim Adair, office manager

Bought anhydrous equipment - $66,000

Four cement trailers to truck fluid blend fertilizer purchased

1979

July 21 – Archie Couper Retirement & Member Appreciation Day

Hydraulic dump installed

Zurich store moved from mill to fertilizer building

Elgin Hendrick retired as Board Secretary

John Campbell accepted position as Board Secretary

Earl Wagner named General Manager

Paving at Hensall – soybean elevator constructed

Became Ag-Chem Parts Centre for Eastern Canada

Overhead fertilizer bins at Zurich

Brent Caslick, office manager

1980

Paul Ducharme, operations manager

Larry Shapton, general sales manager

Began lumber business in Zurich

Purchased hanger at Vanastra – storing grain/fertilizer - $90,000

1981

Tim Beard, grain marketing manager

Wilmer Ferguson – manager at Zurich

Installed underground fuel equipment - $90,000

September opening of Sacket dry fertilizer blender in Hensall - $155,000

1982

Corn dryer twinned - $150,000

Established propane business

Began tractor-trailer trucking business

1983

Point-of-sale computers at Zurich and Hensall

Started new propane department – Butch Desjardine hired as manager – tandem propane truck purchased for $112,000

September 8 – Pellet Mill opened in Zurich

Computer drying controls installed in corn dryers

Seaforth merger approved

1984

Leased Gay Lea building for Seaforth location

Reiny Freiter, Seaforth manager

Bought Air Flow dry fertilizer applicator - $90,000

1977 white bean lawsuit with O.B.P.M.B. settled for $130,000

Baffle fertilizer blender and overhead bins at Zurich - $30,000

Three new terragators

Computer upgrade

Tractor-trailer unit

1985

Lumber warehouse in Zurich

Additional anhydrous equipment

Leased Ontario Bean Growers Co-ops at London, Rannock, Seaforth and Atwood for one year

24 hour, computer operated auto self-serve fuel service

Installed first electrical sub-station in Hensall

Acid based fertilizer in Hensall 

1986

Leased property from Frank Kling Limited 1-1/4 miles north of Seaforth and built temporary grain receiving elevator

Tractor-trailer unit purchased

Propane tanks and equipment purchased

Leased W.G. Hayter facilities in Varna for one year

1987

HDC celebrates 50th Anniversary

New store and office addition in Hensall

Paul Ducharme retires as operations manager


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