February 3rd was the day the Killarney-Cartwright Co-op and Boundary Co-op officially became one Co-op.
Over the past several months work has been going on behind the scenes to make the transition as smooth as possible.
Ryan Polnik is General Manager and he was pleased with the process. “The Co-ops amalgamated to form the new Boundary Co-op and we are very excited about the future and I think it was a fairly seamless transition.”
The new Co-op will have combined sales of about $64 million, a workforce of just of 200 and a membership of close to 8,500.
“The two co-ops have a lot in common and this move was a natural one to make. There’s a lot of shared services between both places, Now members can use their co-op number in five communities whether they are in Killarney, Boissevain, Deloraine, Waskada or Hartney.”
At this point Polnik says no change in staffing and it is business as usual. However the Co-op is looking for a marketing manager.
The board running the new Boundary Co-op will have a total of nine directors with six from the old Boundary board and three from the former Killarney board.