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Highly Focused Highly Successful

January 24, 2013

J.D. Heiskell & Company began in 1886 and whether by circumstance or by design has remained highly focused in its grain and commodity trading business as well as its livestock feed manufacturing and trans-loading facilities businesses.  With annual revenues in the billions of dollars it has been very successful at what it does.

This family-owned firm began when Jefferson Davis Heiskell supervised the construction of a grain storage warehouse in Tulare, California for his employer.  He later bought the warehouse and went into business himself.  His company stored the harvested wheat crops of local farmers before shipping them to processing mills in northern California.  With the boom in agriculture in the San Joaquin Valley the business also grew and started providing feeds to livestock feeders and dairy operators.

The company had the good fortune of having a succession family members who successfully ran the enterprise after the founder passed away. Management also kept up with the times expanding and upgrading facilities as well as buying existing facilities to grow the business. Its Pixley, California milling facility is considered to be the country’s single highest-producing feed mill.  By 2008 the company’s gross sales hit over $3 billion for the first time.

In what is considered a newer field J.D. Heiskell & Co. bought Hawkaye Gold, a marketer of ethanol and ethanol co-products based in Ames, Iowa.  The company now operates in over a dozen locations in eight states. It exports grains and commodities to Mexico, the Pacific Rim and the Far East.

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