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Countryside Cooperative and Landmark Services Cooperative merge

Published: Aug. 26, 2020 at 9:02 AM CDT
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ALTOONA, Wis. (WEAU) - It’s official. Countryside Cooperative headquartered in Durand and Landmark Services Cooperative of Cottage Grove will merge. The votes of Countryside members were counted Monday night and a majority of the members voted to move ahead with that merger which will take effect March 1st, 2021 with headquarters in Cottage Grove. Landmark’s Board of Directors made the decision to enter into the merger with no member voting. The current CEO of Landmark, Jim Bell will hold the same position in the new organization which will also have a new name. And because Landmark has 60% of the sales revenue of the 2 cooperatives, they will have 5 members and Countryside will have 3 members on a new Board of Directors.

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