The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, including Access Energy Cooperative, honored Heartland Co-op of Fairfield, along with seven other distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting at the Sheraton West Des Moines.

Heartland Co-op began in the early 1900‘s and now operates in 71 locations providing products and services to its farmer members and patrons. They began operation of a new shuttle train loading facility in October. This facility includes a 10,000 foot rail loop siding off of the BNSF southwest main line; expanding their markets to California, Texas, and Mexico. The facility employs eight people and is capable of storing 4.4 million bushels of corn and soybeans in its 8 steel bins and two concrete towers. The facility is expected to handle in excess of 27 million bushels per year. Heartland Co-op was nominated for the Iowa Venture Award by Access Energy Cooperative.

“IADG, on behalf of our sponsors, is proud to recognize these outstanding companies,” said Rand Fisher, president of Iowa Area Development Group. “Their demonstrated innovation, vision, courage, social responsibility, and contribution have made had an impressive impact on their communities, regions and the State of Iowa.”