Our History

Hensall Co-op has served our members and the entire Canadian agricultural community for over 80 years by earning the trust of producers and adding value to make their own business successful and more profitable.  From its humble beginnings in 1937, we have grown to be one of the top-ten non-financial co-ops in Canada.  At the core of our success is the understanding and belief that by providing value to our members we grow together.

Here is a timeline of some of the milestones that have made Hensall Co-op what it is today.


1937South Huron Farmers' Co-op is founded 


1945


The Co-op is reorganized and renamed Hensall District Co-op


1946


We purchased a lot on Main Street in Hensall for $900


1947


Hensall Co-op entered into a fuel contract with United Farmers Co-op


1950


A new building was erected on Main Street in Hensall and we purchased seed cleaning equipment


1958


We purchased a second fuel delivery truck


1960


We built bulk fertilizer building and installed our first blender at the south edge of Hensall


1962


We opened the Zurich Feed Mill at its present location


1967


We made our initial entry into the grain and bean business through the purchase of the E.L. Mickle and Son grain and bean handling facilities; our revenues surpassed $1M


1968


We bought five acres on the northern edge of Hensall for $1,500


1974


A new office, store and warehouse was built on the Hensall property; we had 40 employees


1975


We continued to expand storage at Hensall and had more than 12 silos; our first terragator was purchased


1978


We purchased our first computer


1979


Earl Wagner was named General Manager


1981


We installed an underground fuel storage and delivery system; we launched the Sacket dry fertilizer blender in Hensall


1983


We started propane delivery; computer drying controls were installed on the corn dryers; our merger with the Seaforth Co-op was approved


1988


We built a 30,000 mt fertilizer/grain storage terminal with 4 domes


1989


Our new Seaforth location was developed 1¼ miles east of Seaforth, including installation of new “state of the art” Waconia dry fertilizer blender


1990


We acquired T.B. Allen Limited and Allboro Elevators Limited in Londesboro


1991


We merged with Exeter District Co-op bringing on their facilities in Exeter and Ailsa Craig


1993


We purchased the Forest, Ilderton and Parkhill Co-operatives from U.C.O.


1994


We opened our world-class bean processing facility in Hensall after an initial investment of $2.5M


1996


We constructed a world-class coloured bean receiving, cleaning, drying and storage facility once again at a cost of $2.5M


2000


Hensall Global Logistics, our full-service international freight forwarding company, was established at our Hensall location


2007


With 230 full-time employees and 60 part-time employees, our sales and service revenue was $225M


2010


We purchased the Exeter Distribution Warehouse giving us 300,000 square feet of warehouse on 150 acres and we acquired Hensall Co-op Kurtzville and Brussels


2012


We purchased Hensall Co-op Mitchell with 2.8 million bushels of storage followed by the Mitchell Feed Mill two years later; our revenues surpass $500M


2014


We began to operate Hensall Co-op Lakeside


2015


We acquired the Clinton Feed Mill and Elevator from the Fleming family


2017


Brad Chandler was named CEO; we acquired Hensall Co-op Aylmer; our reported revenues exceeded $700M and we had more than 500 employees


2018


We acquired Hensall Co-op Aylmer Crops; we opened our commercial fleet maintenance centre in Exeter; we expanded to include farm services warehouses in Kurtzville, Mitchell and Rignold


2019


We added bean processing in Manitoba with our Hensall Co-op Bloom and Miami additions; our Drayton fertilizer blending facility opened; Hensall Co-op Tilbury and Harrow were acquired; purchased Cook's Parrish & Heimbecker Hensall facility adjacent to our main location.



Revenue Growth of Hensall Co-op


Ailsa Craig


1939 Share


1948 - Zurich


1965 Mobile Feed Mill


1989 Londesborough Mill