The people of NuWay Cooperative welcome change and use innovation to make swift adjustments when our customers’ needs change.

We’re also a diverse company. In addition to our agricultural interests, we own and operate a wholesale energy division serving the timber and tourist industry in northern Minnesota.

We measure everything we do by our promise to deliver exceptional value to all customers.



Diversified • Innovative • Exceptional Value

Our History

NuWay Cooperative: A Timeline of Growth

  1. 1981

    The company begins with the consolidation of Sherburn Co-op, Dunnell Co-op and Trimont Co-op Association. Trimont Co-op manager Jim Lorenz is named first general manager of NuWay Cooperative.

  2. 1981-9

    NuWay purchases the Midland fertilizer plant in Fairmont, the Ag Center in St. James and the Co-op Oil fertilizer plant in Trimont.

  3. 1985

    NuWay builds its first convenience store in Trimont, replacing a two-bay service station.

  4. 1985

    The Ag Center in St. James is sold and the Midland fertilizer plant in Fairmont is closed.

  5. 1986

    NuWay builds the St. James c-store, replacing a service station and tire business.

  6. 1989

    NuWay builds the Fairmont c-store.

  7. 1991

    NuWay builds the Butterfield c-store and purchases Cropmate of Sherburn. The Ceylon Co-op merges into NuWay.

  8. 1992

    NuWay builds the Welcome c-store and purchases the Welcome fertilizer plant.

  9. 1993

    NuWay purchases Rabbe Oil Company and Olson Oil Company.

  10. 1994

    NuWay purchases Ormsby Oil Company and M.V. Propane in St. James.

  11. 1995

    NuWay and Watonwan Farm Service (WFS) form NW Agronomy, which builds a liquid fertilizer plant at Welcome serving customers of both co-ops.

  12. 1997

    From Cenex, NuWay purchases the former Vigoro fertilizer plants at Alpha and Dunnell, bringing to seven the number of the local co-op’s fertilizer plants.

  13. 1999

    NuWay purchases the Casey’s store in Sherburn.

  14. 2000

    NuWay purchases a petroleum/propane business in Iowa with facilities in Swea City and Buffalo Center.

  15. 2002-4

    In a major move to improve efficiency and profitability, NuWay consolidates agronomy operations at Welcome by closing fertilizer plants in Sherburn, Alpha and Fairmont and operating the Dunnell and Ormsby plants only in the busy season. Likewise, the co-op consolidates its propane operations at Welcome, St. James and Buffalo Center. All operations staff members headquarter at Welcome. Account managers and administrative staff move to the expanded main office at Trimont.

  16. 2002

    NuWay purchases WFS c-stores at Wells, Truman, Amboy and St. James (Highway 60).

  17. 2004

    NuWay purchases c-stores at Marshall, Comfrey, Madelia and Pipestone. Later, the Comfrey store is closed, bringing the number of NuMart Convenience Stores to 13.

  18. 2005

    Kevin Jones is named CEO/general manager, and Jim Lorenz retires after leading NuWay Cooperative for 25 years and after a 45-year career in cooperatives.

  19. 2005

    NuWay sells elevators at Ceylon and Dunnell to WFS, which has run them for 10 years.

  20. 2011

    Casey’s General Stores purchases NuWay Cooperative’s chain of convenience stores. NuWay refocuses these resources on its core businesses: agronomy and energy.

  21. 2012

    NuWay enters into its first agronomy partnership with Keith Hartmann Seed of Northrop.

  22. 2014

    United Suppliers builds large fertilizer plant at Welcome to serve NuWay and WFS. NuWay builds a new Operations complex including office building, warehouse and scale at Welcome.

  23. 2015

    NuWay purchases Best Oil Company, Cloquet. In addition, NuWay enters another agronomy partnership, this time with Caldwell Brothers of Amboy.

  24. 2016

    NuWay purchases Cummings Oil Company, Aitkin.

Our Brand Vision – Now and in the Future

NuWay Cooperative will be a diversified partner to you and your community, delivering exceptional value through knowledge and innovation.