About Us 04/26/12 3:21:56 PM|
W. R. Yakey Grain Co is a family-owned grain elevator in Mode, Illinois, six miles west of Stewardson or 13 miles southeast of Shelbyville.
In 1961, William R. Yakey, Sr. built two grain bins on the C, E & I Railroad, now the Union Pacific, with a capacity of 40,000 bushels and thus W. R. Yakey Grain Co. opened it's doors to serve the local agricultural community. Bill's wife, Kathlyn, assumed the role of bookkeeper and with Bill, raised their six children, Sherman, Helen, William Jr., John, David, and Patrick.
In 1980, Dave assumed responsibillity for day to day operations of the family business. Under Dave's leadership, grain capacity has increased to nearly one millions bushels, many marketing programs have been made available and trucking services are available for hauling grain off the farm.
Today, as Dave continues to run the company, he is assisted by his niece, Jennifer Bible, who represents the third generation. Jennifer joined Yakey Grain in 2011 after spending the first nine years of her career with the United States Department of Agriculture at the Moultrie County Farm Service Agency.
W. R. Yakey Grain Co. is a state licensed grain dealer. The licenses are protected through annual audits by the State of Illinois. Yakey Grain is also a member of the Illinois Grain Insurance Corporation which insures grain owners against grain elevator failure.
(Photo: John, Helen, Dave, Kathlyn, Bill Sr., Sherman, Bill Jr., and Pat)