WAUPUN -- The voting process is complete and East Central/Select Sires delegates and NorthStar Cooperative common stock owners have officially voted in favor of merging the two cooperatives.

This news comes about two months after the board of directors for East Central/Select Sires, based in Waupun and NorthStar Cooperative, Lansing, Michigan, announced reaching a unanimous decision to work toward unifying the two business entities under the name CentralStar Cooperative Inc.

"We appreciate our members' votes of confidence in this merger," Paul Trierwieler, NorthStar Cooperative board president, said. "As CentralStar Cooperative, we have more than 150 years of combined experience serving the dairy and beef industries in the Midwest. Joining two organizations which are financially strong, customer-focused cooperatives better positions CentralStar to establish the next generation of integrated services that are necessary in today's market for farm profitability."

"The next step is for employees and management staff to iron out logistics in preparation for the May 1 merger date," added Steve Abel, president, East Central/Select Sires board of directors. "Inventory organization, delivery, accounting, communication, customer care, and employee benefits are just a few of the areas in discussion. This process is difficult, but will be very rewarding, so please have patience with our team during this transition."

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