Boundary and Killarney-Cartwright Co-ops are going to amalgamate.

Members voted this week on whether or not to approve a resolution brought forward by the boards from both Co-ops. About 50 people showed up for the meeting in Boissevain and around 40 members were in Killarney.

The Co-ops share many services already including General Manager Ryan Polnik. “We had our first vote on Monday in Boissevain and 100 per cent of the members in attendance voted in favour. Tuesday we were in Killarney and those members voted 94.9 per cent in favour of the amalgamation.”

The next step is to get the paper work done and effective February 3,2019 the new larger Co-op will be open for business. The new Co-op will carry the Boundary name, have 8,486 members and total sales of around $64 million.

“We are very comfortable with the turnout and how the vote went. We’ve had discussions with members and they had a chance to bring concerns forward and most members have been very favourable when it comes to this amalgamation.

Any staffing impact is expected to be minimal. No job cuts are planned but there could some realignment of jobs to avoid a duplication of services.

“Being larger will allow members to use one number at five different communities and nay of the 16 locations. For the staff it’s better for recruitment and retention and overall use of resources.”

Heading into the amalgamation Boundary Co-op had sales of $42.3 million and Killarney-Cartwright $21.5 million. Killarney-Cartwright has 3,750 members and Boundary Co-op 4,736. As for employees Boundary has 120 workers and Killarney-Cartwright 85 employees.

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