M&C Anderson Pullets, Inc. honored with Iowa Venture Award

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5 Dec 2019

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Des Moines, IA - The Iowa Area Development Group (IADG), on behalf of Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and independent telecommunication companies, honored eight distinguished Iowa companies with the Iowa Venture Award at a luncheon held in conjunction with the Iowa Association of Electric Cooperatives’ annual meeting.


M & C Anderson Pullets of Sioux Rapids is acclaimed for their farming practices, including tree planting, water retention, and other conservation methods. This 1,753-acre farm is home to ten specialized bio-security facilities that rear nearly 5 million pullets annually. Owner Colleen “Coke” Anderson has been recognized as a leader in the poultry industry serving on the board and committees of the Iowa Poultry Association and United Egg Producers. In 1999, she was elected as the first woman to Chair the American Egg Board. Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative nominated M & C Anderson Pullets for the Iowa Venture Award.


“The Iowa Venture Awards Luncheon provides a forum to celebrate Iowa companies that are making a positive impact the communities, State of Iowa, and industries they serve,” stated IADG President, Rand Fisher. “Thank you to Coke Anderson and M & C Anderson Pullets for exemplifying the environmental leadership and stewardship at the heart of Iowa’s value-added agriculture industry.”


The 2019 Iowa Venture Award recipients are:

AVEKA Manufacturing Inc. – Cresco, Fredericksburg, Waukon

GrandStay Hotel & Suites – Rock Valley

Iowa Select Farms -  “Outstanding Business of the Year” – Locations in 52 Iowa counties

M & C Anderson Pullets – Sioux Rapids

Mid-Iowa Cooperative – Conrad and 13 additional statewide locations

Peterson Transportation Inc. – Manson

Preferred Wholesale, Inc. – Albia

Stensland Family Farms and Creamery – Larchwood


About the Iowa Venture Award

This marks the 32nd year that IADG has presented Iowa Venture Awards to individuals and organizations, both large and small, in recognition of their significant contributions to Iowa's economy through entrepreneurial leadership, innovation, and the creation of job opportunities. History has demonstrated that these are among the most accomplished and successful companies in the state. Together they are helping to sustain and grow Iowa’s economy. Visit the Iowa Venture Award Hall of Fame showcasing these 272 companies at www.IADG.com/HallOfFame.


About Iowa Area Development Group (IADG)

IADG is the business and community development leader for Iowa’s rural electric cooperatives, municipal utilities, and independent telecommunication companies. Since 1985, the partnerships and economic development efforts of IADG and their sponsors have assisted with more than 2,100 projects, generating over $12 billion of capital investment and over 53,000 new or retained jobs for Iowa. 




M&C Anderson Pullets, Inc.

Pictured left to right: Mike Naig, IA Secretary of Agriculture; Tresa Hussong, VP of Customer and Corporate Relations, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; Jed Skogerboe, Manager of Business & Community Development, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; Kenneth Bertness, M&C Anderson Pullets, Inc.; Colleen “Coke” Anderson, M&C Anderson Pullets, Inc.; Katie Nola, Director of Marketing Communications, Iowa Egg Council; Jerry Beck, Board Chair, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; Rick Olesen, President and CEO, Iowa Lakes Electric Cooperative; and Rand Fisher, President, IADG.