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Star of the West Acquires Grain Handler

Acquisition of Citizens LLC aims to bolster company in grain receiving and marketing, agronomy services and food-grade soybean exports

Star of the West Milling Co. announces it is acquiring Citizens LLC, a Michigan-based grain handler, agronomy supplier and global exporter.

The acquisition aims to bolster Star of the West’s capabilities across several key areas, including grain receiving and marketing, agronomy services and food-grade soybean exports.

“This acquisition brings together two successful companies that share strong Michigan roots, global business relationships and a track record of success serving our farmers, customers and employees,” says Jim Howe, president and CEO of Star of the West Milling Company.

“With much in common between our two companies, this acquisition aims to leverage shared areas of expertise to deliver strong results and continue growing Michigan agriculture.”

Star of the West Milling Company is one of the oldest and most respected, successful independent agricultural businesses in Michigan, says Bob Mansfield, founder and president of Citizens LLC.

“Star of the West is a local company known for being good stewards of their customers, employees, and Michigan farmers, and I am proud to have them build on the success we have achieved at Citizens LLC since 1987," he says.

Howe notes Star of the West and Citizens have achieved success in many of the same areas over the years – including in wheat handling, crop nutrient supply, non-GMO soybean marketing, and deployment of cutting-edge agronomic technology.

Since its founding in Charlotte, MI, in 1987 Citizens LLC has grown and diversified its operations. The company receives and markets corn, wheat, and soybeans, including non-GMO soybeans, from Michigan farmers.

It was recognized as Michigan’s Exporter of the Year in 2021 for its work to market food-grade soybeans globally. Citizens also provides farm supply and agronomy services to Michigan farmers.

Star of the West is a 151-year-old company with headquarters in Frankenmuth, MI. It began as one flour mill, and now operates five mills in four states including Indiana, Ohio, Michigan and New York.

The company has expanded from its flour roots to include three agronomy locations, ten elevators for receiving crops, dry bean and food-grade soybean processing facilities.

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