PRESS RELEASE The Board of Directors and management of United Western Coop (UWC), are pleased to announce that they have completed a merger with Heartland Co-op, West Des Moines, IA, effective September 1, 2014. The terms of the merger provide the member-owners of UWC an influx of capital for new infrastructure, rolling stock and customer service support. The employees of UWC will become employees of Heartland Co-op. Milo Ruffcorn will represent a new district, District K, on the Heartland Co-op Board of Directors. Trent Sprecker has been named Regional Operations Manager. Chris Russman will serve as the Agronomy Sales Manager for this region. Tom Hauschel, CEO for Heartland Co-op will continue as CEO for the new organization which will be headquartered in West Des Moines, IA. Heartland Co-op (www.heartlandcoop.com) has corporate offices located in West Des Moines, Iowa and consists of a total of 71 locations in Iowa. The organization serves more than 5,300 members with operations in grain handling and marketing, fertilizer and application, agriculture chemicals and application, livestock feed and processing, agriculture energy products and propane.