Heritage FS is a farmer owned cooperative dedicated to provide all customers:
Serving Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will and DuPage Counties in Illinois and
Benton, Jasper, Newton and White Counties in Indiana
Heritage FS is a locally owned agricultural cooperative serving producers in Ford, Iroquois, Kankakee, Will and DuPage counties in Northeastern Illinois and Benton, Jasper, Newton and White Counties in Northwest Indiana.
As the name might imply, Heritage FS has a long history. Heritage's predecessors date back to the 1920s when companies such as the Ford County Farm Supply, Kankakee Coal & Oil, Will County Farm Supply, Iroquois Farm Supply and DuPage Farmers Supply were founded. Each of those companies was a result of studies by their respective county Farm Bureaus as farmers of the 1920's were mechanizing their operations, requiring gasoline rather than hay for fueling "horse-power".
These companies started with one or two delivery trucks, a small warehouse and 8,000 to 16,000 gallons of storage. As the needs of farmers continued to grow, so did the needs of the single county cooperatives serving them. Ford & Iroquois joined as did Will and DuPage.
On August 1, 1992 Heritage FS was born through consolidation of Ford-Iroquois FS and Kankakee Service Company, with Will-DuPage Service Company merging with Heritage on March 1, 2001. In March 2012, Heritage FS started operations in Morocco, Indiana. The original five facilities have grown to twenty and the eight delivery units to over 150.
Heritage FS is a member of FS GRAIN, LLC, which has grain facilities throughout Northern Illinois. FS GRAIN, LLC has 19 facilities and approximately forty million bushels of storage capacity.
Annual sales in 1928 ranged from $38,000 to $62,000. Annual sales, when Heritage started, were just under $20 million. Now with ten counties, annual merchandise sales are approximately $200 million. Heritage FS is governed by twelve directors elected by 2,300 shareholders. The directors set policies, hire a manager and hold monthly meetings at the corporate office located in the Farm-Bureau Building in Gilman, IL.
Heritage FS now serves over 6,000 customers with its numerous products. Being a cooperative, Heritage also pays patronage annually to those members who buy products.
Heritage FS employs 138 full-time professionals. Annually, Heritage FS employs an additional 100 part time employees, mostly during the busy spring season.
Heritage FS has a deep commitment to Illinois agriculture and to meeting producer needs in production agriculture, as well as crop marketing services through the FS GRAIN, LLC facilities.