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Aurora Coop expands with purchase of aerial applicators PDF E-mail

The Aurora Cooperative extended its vast, ag-based resources skyward this week with the acquisition of four aerial application businesses.
Sensing an opportunity to better serve its agronomy patrons throughout its multistate trade area, the Aurora-based company purchased Traudt Aerial Service in Aurora, Boardman Aerial Spraying in Henderson, Pioneer Aerial Applicators in Minden and Buffalo Aerial Services in Kearney for an undisclosed sum. The acquisition, along with the company’s owned aerial businesses in Grant (Cornhusker Ag Aviation) and Bertrand (FFC), will create one of the largest agricultural aerial application businesses in the country.
“Our customers are demanding contemporary solutions to deliver crop protection products in a timely manner,” president and CEO George Hohwieler noted. “The formation of the ag aviation division, with its assets and management team, will be a significant enhancement to our existing agronomy business and create a unique business model in the industry.”
Owners of the acquired companies -- including James Jensen in Aurora and Rick and Mary Boardman in Henderson -- will continue in management roles within the newly-created division.
“I don’t see anything really changing,” Jensen said. “It’s still going to be the same personnel providing the same service people have come to know and expect. Ultimately, I think it will benefit the farmer for us to team up with a good company to get better buying power.”
Jensen joined Traudt Aerial in 2000, when co-owners Brent and Mary Stewart offered him a job. The staff also includes long-time pilot Doug Krueger, secretary Kate Troester and loader/shopworker Jeremy Hope.

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