James Hardy named general manager for Mahnomen-based cooperative
MAHNOMEN, MINN., Jan. 11, 2017 – James Hardy has been named general manager for CHS based in Mahnomen, effective February 1, 2017. He will replace Harry Aanden, who retired after 8 years as general manager. In his new role, Hardy will oversee strategic planning and operations while working closely with the local producer board. The Mahnomen-based business unit of CHS Country Operations offers grain products and services from six locations in northwest Minnesota.
“We are excited about this new opportunity for James and look forward to his leadership,” says Tom Lehar, Northland Region Vice President, CHS Country Operations. “James has a strong track record of managing logistics and developing effective strategies and has shown a proven commitment to helping our owners grow and succeed.”
Serving in the agricultural industry for 14 years, Hardy has developed his leadership skills and ag management experience through progressively responsible positions in the cooperative system. He started his agriculture career with the Berry Patch, a produce company based in North Carolina before joining CHS in the management trainee program. Following that, Hardy served as region manager at CHS Farmers Elevator northern locations which included Macon, Scobey and Wolf Point, Mont. During that time, he helped lead a $17 million expansion of the grain shuttle loading facility in Macon. Prior to joining CHS in Mahnomen, he worked as the assistant grain merchandiser in Circle, Mont.
Raised in Rockingham, N.C., Hardy graduated with a Bachelor of Science degree from North Carolina State University in Raleigh, N.C.