2023 McIlrath Enterprises

In 1983 Dale McIlrath started selling hog feed for Purina Mills through Performance Feeds just north of Deer Creek IN. While selling Purina feed, he started offering GIS breeding stock as well. In late 1984 Dale took on a Pioneer dealership. It was in 1985 when Dale and Renee McIlrath formed McIlrath Enterprises Inc. to encompass all three businesses.

In the early nineties, corn hybrid “3394” took off and helped Dale to the point where he needed an additional employee. After one year at Purdue Colby McIlrath came back to work for Dale full time in the summer of 1994. During the next several years the hog market forever changed. Independents quickly exited the business and feed sales quickly declined. It was then in 1999 that Dale and Colby decided to focus heavily on selling Pioneer Seed.

Over the next several years the business continued to grow, in 2007 they built a new warehouse where Colby and Kari McIlrath now live. In 2009 they started offering crop insurance as well as treating soybeans at Colby’s location from box to box. As seed treatment became more critical and popular, Colby and Dale added a second new warehouse at Colby’s in 2011 to accommodate the demand with a drive-thru bulk treatment facility. With the addition of the new facility the business forever changed with customer on-demand service & delivery. In 2014 they sold the crop insurance book of business to local insurance agent Jay Bordner of Brewster Insurance.

Also, in 2014 as business continued to grow Colby and Dale brought Cale Rader on board to help offset the day-to-day operations. Cale was on the team until 2018. He then stepped away to pursue his own career selling Pioneer Seed.

In January of 2020 the business was struck with crippling news as the founder, Dale McIlrath went into the hospital to fight for his life. A fight he later lost in September of 2020. After picking themselves back up again from this enormous loss and refocusing, Colby was able to convince his wife Kari to leave the X-ray Tech business and come on full time as the main office administrator. In July of 2021 Colby hired Cade McIlrath after he attended Ivy Tech and received an associate degree in Agribusiness. Most recently, in 2023 McIlrath Enterprises Inc. added its 3rd new shop at Colby’s with new office spaces. This is one of the biggest game changers in quite some time as they now have everything at one location to further the efficiency at all levels.

Darrick Fisher (Fish) & Todd Yoder make the most demanding time of the year seem almost easy. Darrick started helping in the spring of 2009 deliver both corn & beans. He has been the MVP every season since 2009, without him the spring delivery doesn’t work. Todd Yoder started helping in the spring of 2019 after retirement. His value is 2nd to none as he also gets to work with his daughter & grandson daily as well.

The business model for McIlrath Enterprises has been simple since the beginning. “Take care of people and they in turn will take care of you.” Two forces moving in the same direction with a common goal is an excellent gameplan for success.

Obviously, none of our success would be possible without the core group of customers who have been the most loyal group of people to work with that anyone could ask for. We at McIlrath Enterprises have been truly blessed from the beginning to work with customers who you can call some of your best friends.

March 02, 2024

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