Western Sugar CEO focused on harvest

Western Sugar CEO Inder Mather with the Lebruska's, a grower from North of Mitchell

The head of Western Sugar Cooperative is preparing to retire in 2014, but he's not done just yet. President and CEO Inder Mather spent the week visiting growers in the Wyobraska region along with the sugar factories in Scottsbluff and Torrington. Right now, Mathur is focused on harvest and working with the board of directors in finding his sucessor.

Sugar beet harvest is getting underway for Western Sugar Cooperative. The start of harvest brings factories back online after being idle for seven months.

Currently the Scottsbluff factory is slicing about 48 - hundred tons a day. The Torrington factory got started on Saturday and is currently slicing around 4 thousand tons a day. In the next couple days, Torrington will get up to processing about 5 thousand ton a day. Mathur says it takes about three to six days to get factories to full capacity.

Sugar beet harvest in northern Colorado is just getting underway. Matur says startup of early harvest in Colorado was delayed due to the flooding the state experienced earlier this month.

This will be Mathur's last harvest as the President and CEO for Western Sugar Cooperative. After 30 years in the sugar business and 12 years as the CEO for Western Sugar, Mathur says it was time to move on. He plans on retiring in April 2014.

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