This week’s Member Spotlight is on Tri-Agri Farm Center in Coleman!
Dan Hamilton purchased the facility in 1981 as the Coleman Peanut Coop and has since turned operations in new and unexpected directions. In ’81, Tri-Agri provided cattle feed and handled peanuts for area farmers. Fertilizer and weed spray services were added a few years later, still provided today, and with the loss of peanut production in this area, transitioned into pecan cleaning and marketing in 1999. This Coleman facility now cleans and markets approximately 20 percent of Oklahoma’s pecan crops!
In 2014, Tri-Agri Farm Center expanded into the food industry and began providing pecan oil and specialty roasted pecans to food retailers. They are currently working to expand and promote a variety of pecan products to improve overall consumption of pecans.
The business continues to expand as Tri-Agri offers specialized cleaning services for the native nuts, and just last year added more equipment to accommodate the needs of the fast-growing market in Texas. The company has an average of 8-10 employees but adds to that during the harvesting season; there are three generations of family currently working within the business.
Tri-Agri Farm Center is located at 108 Maple Street in Coleman and can be reached by calling 580-937-4555. They offer a range of farm and ranch supplies, feed and agriculture consulting, feed, fertilizer, weed control and pecan cleaning and marketing services. There are currently efforts being made to feature Coleman pecans on a major airline in the U.S. as part of the ongoing efforts to get pecan products in good places. Big things are coming from Johnston County!
Look out next week for a Spotlight on Parks Dental!
A few things coming up ~ the Chamber will host a ribbon cutting at the Johnston County Sentinel on Friday, April 20th at 11:00AM (the first ribbon cutting ever for dear business owners Tom and Mary Lokey!). The Johnston County Historical Society will hold its first Membership Banquet on Monday, April 23rd at 6:30PM at the Chickasaw Community Center – if you are not a member, please consider supporting a group that does so much to preserve Johnston County’s historical record. Tuesday, April 24th is Women’s Biz Connection here at the Chamber. Crystal Deaton will be here to discuss National Tourism Week and how local businesses can get involved to get increased foot traffic in their doors (think scavenger hunt). It will be 11:30 – 1:00, please register online at reiwbc.org. Then we have the Nature Festival the 26th, and the Tishomingo Firefly Glow Run and Pennington Creek Kayak & Canoe Regatta the 27th and 28th. Enjoy the fun!
I will be out of the office on Wednesday and Thursday, the 25th and 26th, for an Oklahoma Southeast event in Hugo, OK, but please don’t hesitate to call or email!
“Do one thing every day that scares you.” – Eleanor Roosevelt