Alumni gift at Bethel to help build economics major


A major gift from two Bethel alumni is meant to get the college closer to a major in economics.


Lois M. Reimer (Class of 1960) and Richard D. Reimer (Class of 1957) of North Newton made the gift as part of the academic program enhancement piece of the college’s Engage the Future capital campaign, said Brad Kohlman, Bethel vice president for institutional advancement.


"The Reimers’ gift is a significant boost to the academic program component of the Engage the Future campaign," Kohlman said. "Their support will positively impact Bethel students for generations."


"Bethel College will now be further empowered to offer opportunities to educate a greater number of students who will engage our constantly changing society, specifically in the field of economics, through critical thinking, peace and justice," said Robert Milliman, Ph.D., vice president for academic affairs and dean of faculty.


"The focus of our work is the education of students, students who will produce a better world for all people, both now and in the future. This donation will play a vital role in that mission."


Bethel is a four-year liberal arts college founded in 1887 and is the oldest Mennonite college in North America. Known for academic excellence, Bethel is Zippia.com’s highest ranked Kansas small college with the highest earning graduates and stands at #57 among 829 U.S. colleges and universities listed by lendEDU as "Best for Financial Aid." For more information, see www.bethelks.edu


CNB names loan officer


Central National Bank recently announced Loan Officer and Market President, Ty Goossen. Goossen has taken on a new role with the Central National Bank team, splitting his time between the Halstead and Hesston branch locations.


Goossen has four years of agricultural and commercial lending experience and holds a Bachelor’s of Animal Science degree along with an option in Business from Kansas State University. He has also spent time as a herdsman and manager for two separate purebred seedstock operations in Kansas.


"It has been a good year despite the many challenges that 2020 has brought," Goossen said. "I am pleased to join the Central National Bank team. Their conservative approach has brought them through many crises in our history, including the Great Depression in the 1930’s, the farm crisis of the 1980s, and the housing crisis of 2008. They are a strong bank, and I’m looking forward to supporting our customers and communities throughout the remainder of this pandemic."


Goossen was born in Newton, but grew up northeast of Hillsboro on a small cow calf and haying operation. He is an avid KSU football fan, KC Royals baseball fan and he enjoys spending time with his friends and family. He and his wife Michelle recently welcomed son, Cord, into the world and are enjoying the parenting experience.


"We are pleased to welcome Ty into our Central National Bank family," said Kevin Klein, Regional Lending Manager. "He has a diverse agricultural background and really understands how the business works. That knowledge will be invaluable as Central looks to expand its commercial and agricultural lending presence in the Halstead and Hesston communities. Ty has a strong work ethic and I’m confident will be a tremendous resource for our customers and future clients."


Ardent Mills announces growth plan, investments


Ardent Mills recently announced significant updates and investments to its retail capabilities.


The company operates a mill in Newton.


Part of the company’s vision to be the trusted partner in nurturing customers, consumers and communities through innovative and nutritious grain-based solutions, these investments allow Ardent Mills to increase and streamline retail flour packaging capabilities, and continue to operate at an exceptional rate to safely serve retail demand, wherever it is needed.


"I’m proud of our team’s dedication to their customers, consumers, and communities; and our ability to make strategic investment decisions to ensure that their needs are met," said Troy Anderson, Vice President of Operations at Ardent Mills. "Ardent Mills is focused on our customers’ success, while remaining extremely intentional around the safety of our people and products -- these investments are no exception."


The areas of investment include:


Expansion in Northeast U.S. To meet customer’s needs on the East coast and nationwide, Ardent Mills added a retail packer to the company’s existing operations in Mt. Pocono, PA, fully operational July 1, 2020. The Mt. Pocono Mill produces small pack options such as 2, 5 and 10-pound bags.


Dedicated Retail Team. To continue to build trust and deliver on the company’s commitment, Ardent Mills created a dedicated retail team to better execute for customers. This year, the team added warehouses for several of the company's retail mills across North America to ensure supply continuity and timeliness of shipments. In addition, Ardent Mills added another retail line at its Newton, KS facility.


Additional Packer & Updates. Consumer behaviors are changing and there is more demand for flour to bake at home. To meet these needs, Ardent Mills ordered three retail packers, one new line that will be implemented and fully functional by September 2020, and two retail packers that will upgrade existing lines by early 2021. The new state of the art lines will further increase the company’s production capabilities.


"These significant investments will position us well and provide the necessary flexibility to serve our customers and consumers," said Angie Goldberg, Chief Growth Officer at Ardent Mills. "We’re excited about how quickly we’ve been able to execute on our growth strategy and look forward to continuing this work."


In addition to investing in long-term retail capabilities, Ardent Mills’ customer-focused strategy allowed the company to quickly adjust operations and creatively solve for short-term retail needs to ensure flour availability during the COVID-19 pandemic.