Category Archives: Employee News

Renville, MN – May 7, 2021.  Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative (SMBSC), a shareholder-owned producer of refined sugar and sugar products, announces it has hired Jeffrey Rustvang to be the Vice President of Government Affairs. David Bieging, SMBSC’s Washington, D.C. Liaison, will be retiring in December 2021 after 21 years of service to the shareholders […]

Media Contact: Stacy L. Bettison 612.807.6337 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 […]

Three Decades of Sugar: Kelvin P. Thompsen   A Completed Tenure as President and Chief Executive Officer of Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative On October 1, 2016, Kelvin Thompsen returned to what he did as a boy growing up in Illinois and Wyoming – working in agriculture. On this sunny day it was harvesting milo on […]

Congratulations to Wayne Trager, who is retiring after 22 years of service! Wayne joined the Cooperative as a miscellaneous laborer and worked on the beet end and as a house oiler before becoming a Mechanic and Electrician Helper 3rd in 1998 and later holding a utility man position. Wayne transferred in 2003 to a House […]

Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative is setting a standard in business as an Employer invested in helping employees save for retirement. On September 21, 2015, Former Governor Tim Pawlenty recognized Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative with the Save 10 Award.

We recently invited 3M Safety Professionals, who are subject matter experts in the areas they presented on, to our facility. It was wonderful to have 4 trainers onsite to review hearing conservation, respiratory protection and fall protection with our employees. They provided a new perspective on how we can protect ourselves from potential hazards and […]

Congratulations to our recent graduates of the Dale Carnegie Skills for Success program. This program focuses on building memory skills, enhancing relationships, putting stress in perspective as well as effective communication skills.

CFO Jerry Bahma retires

Congratulations to Jerry Bahma, Southern Minnesota Beet Sugar Cooperative’s latest retiree. Jerry joined SMBSC in 2008 as the Chief Financial Officer overseeing the accounting, human resources, information systems, materials management and logistics departments. He enjoyed working with his team, especially when he had the opportunity to promote his staff members. One of Jerry’s best successes […]

Arv DeGroot is retiring after 26 years with the SMBSC, including more than 20 years on the boiler house team! Arv started his career as a pellet loader. He joined the boiler house as a coalman and through on-the-job training he progressed to an ashman and then to the burnerman position. As a burnerman, Arv […]

Congratulations to Dale Martin, who is retiring after 26 years of service with SMBSC! Dale saw many changes throughout his career, including the factory expansion in 1999 and improvements in safety training. During his tenure at SMBSC, Dale gained general maintenance knowledge and welding skills. Dale started his career as a miscellaneous laborer, and then worked […]