Brad Stockment Retires After 39 Years

Sep 03, 2021
His timecard and Co-Alliance work shirts may begin to gather dust, but we have no doubt his work boots won’t. Guys like Brad Stockment don’t sit still for long, and we anticipate he’ll continue to help his family in agriculture long after the lights shut off at the Reynolds Feed location tonight. 
This week Brad Stockment, Reynolds Feed Location Manager, retired after 39 years of service to Co-Alliance. 
Brad’s work ethic and dedication to the cooperative will be missed tremendously. He’s shown up and put in a hard day’s work for nearly four decades, and today we wish him the absolute best as he enters retirement. 
We thought we’d ask a few people about their experience with Brad over the years. Boy, did they have a lot to say: 
“It has been an honor to work with Brad for the last 4 years. He is one of the most selfless people I’ve worked with in my career. He always puts others needs ahead of his own. I’m going to miss the wisdom he shared with me, but I’m glad he gets to enjoy his retirement with his wife and family.” - Nathan Hedden, Director of Swine Operations

“Brad was the key figure in transitioning 3 locations into 1 in 2015, when the new mill opened. He is the ultimate team player and adapted to change when others struggled. Everyone who worked with or for him, loved him. He was a “rock” at Reynolds for 39 years. I am blessed for getting to share in a third of those years.” - Dewey Bucher, VP of Swine & Animal Nutrition

“Brad is truly one of the very best. He’s dedicated to his job – his customers, his coworkers – he’s just good people. I don’t think there’s a single grandkid that hasn’t sat on that counter and helped him test grain on trucks coming through in the fall. He’d teach them the ropes, then reward them as Grandpa’s do – with candy or a soda for their efforts! My three kids in particular love what we call “double Grandpa days”…..picking the fields with my Dad in the combine, hauling the grain to town with Dad in the semi, and unloading it/testing it with Grandpa Brad at the elevator. We’ll sure miss that this fall.” - Kim Stockment, daughter-in-law



“Brad played a critical role at the feed mill, keeping ingredients in stock and making sure trucks were moving down the road. He had an amplitude of mechanical knowledge and was excellent at finding the right people to get any job done.”  - Bryce Rhine, Feed Mill Manager
 “Brads been around the block in this business. He was always so willing to help with anything, and willing to share his knowledge.” - Steve Boyd, Location Manager
“How do you say Brad was awesome in so many ways? Brad made this office feel like a family and did so much behind the scenes that people didn’t see. He understood the importance of a family and work life balance, that many people forget about these days.” - Jamie Spencer, Grain Originator

“I was one of Brad’s first hires 29 years ago when he first became manager of this office. He was a good boss; he was always the first one here and the last to go home and wasn’t afraid to work with you in anything you were doing. We were friends before he hired me and will be friends long after.”  - Todd Ruemler, Operations
“It was a pleasure working for Brad the last 11 years.” - Seth Ruemler, Reynolds Feed
“Although I haven’t worked with Co-Alliance for very long, it doesn’t take much time to learn what a great guy Brad is. Brad is so welcoming and caring to everyone, he’s always there to lend a hand, and make you laugh.” - Lauren Bush, Operations Specialist
“Brad knew how to be a boss and a friend. He’s such a caring person and makes everyone feel welcome. Always knows how to lift you up when you need it. Brad had a large part in why I’m working here today. If I hadn’t received that phone call from him 18 years ago when I was considering a change from my previous employer, I don’t know where my path would have led me. He will truly be missed around here.”  - Julie Hicks, Administrative Assistant 
Brad, thank you – truly – for your service and years of dedication to our cooperative, customers and community. You will be missed. 
Now, go enjoy all that you’ve rightfully earned!



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