Hazelnut Growers of Oregon

January 2020 – Letter From COO Greg Thorsgard

https://www.wilco.coop/january-2020-letter-from-coo-greg-thorsgard/

Dear Grower, After nine months with Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, I’m excited to report an excellent and smooth 2019. We are expecting continued growth in the New Year by adding to our grower memberships and the Oregon Orchard® brand. I think the most exciting event this past year was when our state-of-the-art Donald processing facility […]

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Hazelnuts: The Next Almond?

https://www.wilco.coop/hazelnuts-the-next-almond/

Seeding new ways from the old, HGO seeks to grow hazelnut consumption to new heights. Lisa Lupo, Editor QA magazine Photos by Jake Gravbrot Tim (left) and Tom Aman provide a tour of their Mount Angel, Ore., hazelnut orchard. Tree nut consumption has seen significant growth in the U.S. over the last five decades, with […]

Sam Bugarsky Ceo
Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Oregon Orchard

November 2019 Letter From CEO Sam Bugarsky

https://www.wilco.coop/november-2019-letter-from-ceo-sam-bugarsky/

There’s been a lot of change at Wilco and HGO these past few years and I want to take this opportunity to reassure you that our business units are well-positioned for the future. First, with the recent and sudden leadership change, please know that our momentum will not slow down. We have an excellent leadership […]

Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, Latest News, Oregon Orchard

October 2019 Letter From COO Greg Thorsgard

https://www.wilco.coop/october-2019-letter-from-coo-greg-thorsgard/

Dear Grower, I’ve been here six months now and boy, have I learned a lot about the hazelnut business!   Things are getting busier and we’re in the throes of harvest season.  We are excited to see what the approximately 180 farms we service will produce with it being a “biennial year” and orchards providing less […]

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Tim Ramsey, Wilco’s Next CEO

https://www.wilco.coop/tim-ramsey-wilcos-next-ceo/

Wilco announces Tim Ramsey as the new CEO and President to lead the agricultural cooperative towards continued success. The transition takes place after Doug Hoffman retires from 23 years with the coop.  Ramsey joins Wilco later this year with a transition period in December to fully manage the company by January 1st. As a farmer […]

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Farmers Approve Wilco-HGO merger

https://www.wilco.coop/farmers-approve-wilco-hgo-merger/

The members of two Oregon farm cooperatives, Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon, have overwhelmingly voted to merge their operations. The combination of Wilco, which focuses on farm supplies and fuel, with HGO, which processes and markets hazelnuts, is planned to be complete by Aug. 1. A major result of the merger is the expected […]

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Wilco & Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Approve Merger

https://www.wilco.coop/wilco-hazelnut-growers-of-oregon-approve-merger/

Cooperatives Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) Board of Directors voted to merge this morning during a special meeting at the Salem Convention Center. Each cooperatives respective members passed the vote with 99% of HGO and 79% of Wilco members in favor of the merger. This was after each company’s Board of Directors unanimously […]

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Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon Propose a Merger

https://www.wilco.coop/wilco-and-hazelnut-growers-of-oregon-propose-a-merger/

Wilco and Hazelnut Growers of Oregon (HGO) Board of Directors have both unanimously agreed to put a vote of merger between the two cooperatives before their respective members. After the announcement to employees and letters to the membership earlier this month, Doug Hoffman, Wilco CEO, and Jeff Fox, HGO CEO, have held six member meetings […]