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GROWMARK, Inc., is a regional agricultural supply cooperative operating in more than 40 states and Ontario, Canada. Its local member cooperatives commonly use the name FS. GROWMARK ranks 74th on the ICA Global 300 2008 list of mutuals and cooperatives (ranked by revenue). . GROWMARK is ranked fifth largest cooperative on the National Cooperative Bank's listing of top 100 cooperatives in North America and fourth largest agricultural cooperative.
The organization now known as GROWMARK started in 1927 when nine of the local agricultural supply cooperatives in Illinois, which had started early in the 1920s, formed Illinois Farm Supply Company. In 1955, the company adopted the FS trademark, which has remained in use by its member cooperatives since then. In the 1960s, the company moved from Chicago to Bloomington, Illinois, merged with Farm Bureau Service Company of Iowa to form FS Services, Inc., then merged Wisconsin Farmco Service Cooperative and Producers Seed Company into itself as well. FS Services and Illinois Grain Corporation merged in 1980 to form GROWMARK, Inc.
It entered the northeastern U.S. market in 2002 by purchasing Agway's seed and agronomy businesses, including Seedway.
GROWMARK has several popular retail brands, among them AgriVisor, Archer Lubricants, FAST STOP, FS InVision, HiSoy, the FS System, Green Yard, MID-CO, Seedway, STAR Energy, and United Lubricants.
What to Expect When Interviewing
The interview procedure at Growmark is typical. There is a basic skills assessment
which covers topics including but not limited to reading, writing, speaking, and simple math. Applicants
must bring their resume with them to the interview. Some applicants go through a phone screening before
progressing to an in person interview. Current employees have reported that it is important to show that
you are capable of coping with stressful situations, working in a fast paced environment, have a flexible schedule,
and collaborating with others. Once through the interview process, all new hires are required to go through
a basic training.