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Renville, MN – July 21, 2017. Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a farmer-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar beet co-products, announced today it has reached an agreement with its labor union for a five-year labor contract.

The Bakery, Confectionery, Tobacco Workers and Grain Millers International AFL-CIO/CLC, Local 369 has voted to accept SMBSC’s offer, the contract effective July 23, 2017, which calls for an increase in wages over five years. Other terms include updates to pension benefits, pension lump sum death benefits and life insurance benefits.

“Our union workforce – which constitutes approximately 400 employees – is critical to the success of our organization,” said Steven Domm, president and chief executive officer of SMBSC. “We respect our employees’ right to collectively bargain, and we are very pleased that both parties came to the table and worked in good faith to reach an agreement that ensures another five years of strong relations and meets both the needs of our valued union members and our organization as a whole. This is a win for our
employees, farmers and community.”

About SMBSC. Founded in 1975, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is a producer of refined sugar, liquid sugar, pulp pellets, molasses and separator molasses solubles from sugar beets. Owned by approximately 500 farmer shareholders raising nearly 120,000 acres of sugar beets, the Renville,
Minnesota-based facility slices 3.6 million tons of sugar beets each campaign, producing 800-900 million pounds of sugar.