For Immediate Release
August 18, 2014
Thresher Artisan Wheat Announces New Executives
COO and VP of Operations named for Agspring Subsidiary
Leawood, KS – August 18, 2014— Thresher Artisan Wheat has announced the role of two leadership positions in the organization. Don Wille holds the role of Chief Operating Officer and Rudy deWit holds a new Vice President of Operation position. Thresher Artisan Wheat is a high-quality grain storage and merchandising subsidiary of Agspring with operations in Southeastern Idaho. Agspring formed Thresher Artisan Wheat earlier this year through the acquisition of General Mills grain operations in Idaho.
“Don and Rudy are critical members of the Thresher operation and their combination of grain merchandising, logistics and elevator management experience benefit growers and customers across the entire region,” said Brad Clark, President of Agspring.
Wille has a deep background in the premium grain and wheat markets including most recently managing grain merchandising for General Mills. Previously, Wille managed special grains for ADM Benson Quinn and Farmland Atwood for nearly a decade and half.
deWit has nearly two decades of experience managing grain elevator operations starting with the Pocatello location and later expanding to include Rockford and Blackfoot. deWit is now responsible for maintaining the company’s world-class quality and conditioning operations as well as regulatory and compliance requirements.
As part of Agspring, Thresher has initiated capital improvements to increase operational speed and efficiency and will announce additional specifics later this year. Recently, Thresher held a well-attended 2014 Field Days bringing growers, key agronomy experts, suppliers, customers and environmental groups together to discuss methods to optimize wheat yields while conserving resources.
“We have a tremendous team at Thresher that has built a reputation based upon strong ties to both the local communities we serve and the milling companies that help provide top-quality consumer food ingredients to the nation,” said Wille.
About Thresher Artisan Wheat
Thresher Artisan Wheat provides high-grade wheat for demanding consumer food ingredients. Thresher builds upon a strong legacy of a unique value-added grain system in partnership with seed suppliers, producers and customers all with an industry-leading focus on sustainability. Thresher has offices in Minneapolis, Minnesota and locations throughout Southeastern Idaho including Idaho Falls, Blackfoot, American Falls, Pocatello, Newdale, Rockford, and Schiller.
Agspring combines entrepreneurial teams, essential agriculture supply chains, and superior capital partners for global success feeding our changing world. Deep equity and credit relationships provide Agspring a solid platform for capital improvement and expansion. Agspring maintains decentralized operations and puts leadership teams in place who desire to grow into new markets including grains and oilseeds; livestock feed ingredients; and consumer food ingredients.
Agspring and Thresher Artisan Wheat are trademarks of Agspring, LLC. The names of actual companies and products mentioned herein may be the trademarks of their respective owners.
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