By Rhonda Werner
Hopkinsville Elevator has been a staple of the Christian County agriculture industry and surrounding areas for just shy of 50 years, and its new general manager, Eston Glover III, said business continues to grow.
Glover assumed the role of general manager for Hopkinsville Elevator’s Grain and Crop Insurance business Jan. 1, but Glover is not new to Hopkinsville Elevator. His career has spanned almost 20 years with Hopkinsville Elevator and throughout that time he’s worked his way up at several of the elevator’s locations and been involved in many facets of the
“I’ve worked at Hopkinsville Elevator since graduating from Murray State University in 1997,” he said. “I’ve worked at the South Union location, the Clarksville River Terminal and back here at the Hopkinsville office in grain merchandising over the course of my tenure.”
In speaking with Glover about his new role and responsibilities, he is excited about what the future holds for the organization. He mentioned that their focus is on their patrons and that number has continued to grow to roughly 3,500 stakeholders currently.
“The farmers are what keeps us in business and we want to make sure we take care of them to the best of our ability.”
Some of the improvements they have made over the past couple of years, and that they hope to continue to implement over the next few years, will focus on how to keep things running as smoothly and quickly as possible for their farmers.
“When you’ve had the growth that we’ve had combined with an overall increase in yields, it does bring to light some growing pains.” But, Glover knows that they are hard at work to ensure they can keep up with growing demands.
When Hopkinsville Elevator was founded in 1968, 180 investors proceeded to buy an existing grain facility which had the capacity to handle 634,000 bushels. Currently, Hopkinsville Elevator handles roughly 75 million bushels of corn, wheat and soybeans every year. They have six locations, Hopkinsville, South Union, Russellville, Guthrie, Clarksville and their Casky branch. Within these combined locations they have rail, truck and barge availability.
Some of the draw for farmers to Hopkinsville Elevator is their patronage payback to their stockholders, which is on a five-year schedule, as well as the Ethanol Tax Credit that their patrons receive currently. Because of recent additions to Hopkinsville Elevator, they also offer crop insurance, Ag retail and an ethanol plant, so as a whole, they can offer their patrons full service for many of their agricultural needs.
With Glover at the helm of grain and crop insurance for Hopkinsville Elevator, there is no doubt the customers will continue to be their primary focus, and customers should continue to see improvements going forward at their locations.
Eston lives in Todd County with his wife of 15 years Misty, and their two children, Eston IV and Cole who are in seventh and fourth grade respectively.