Welcome to the Coolidge Chamber of Commerce
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The Coolidge Chamber of Commerce was established on September 2nd, 1959 and is the driving force for business and economic development within the City. The Chamber is ever ready to promote local businesses, the interests of the Community or to receive the many tourists that visit the City. Stop by anytime to see what is happening in and around the fine City of Coolidge or see what the Chamber can do for your business.
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River Cooperative Gin
Our spotlight for January is the 57 year old River Cooperative Gin. In 1958 Wuertz and McFarland started the gin on Attaway Road next to the Gila River, to cut the cost of trucking their cotton. A lot of people wonder where the river in their name came from, well it was named for being next to the river at their first location. They started out with 27 growers at that location. By the time 1980 came around they needed a bigger and more central location so they moved to their current location on Skousen Road. They are now one of the most productive gins in Arizona with 48 growers and they process over 90,000 bales of cotton annually. They process the cotton and sell the cotton seeds to local dairies and farmers for animal feed. Any profit made from the sale of the seeds goes back to the co-op.
This year at their second location in La Palma, they expanded their operation to be able to process the Pima cotton that has a higher market value. They are one of the few gins in the state with this capability. Gin Manager Melissa Campbell graduated with a major in Ag Business she stated, "The best thing about doing business in Coolidge is the people and talking with the older generation about the history of Coolidge".
River Cooperative Gin employees around 48 people during cotton season and 10 year round. Most of whom are locals. The message Melissa would like for folks to know is the impact agriculture has on the economy. Our local farmers give out scholarships to our students and employees shop at our local stores.
If you would like a tour of the gin, they schedule them from October-January. Call (520) 723-5328 for more information.