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Governance Structures and the Value of the Firm: The Case of Great Lakes Cooperative and Green Plains Renewable Energy


  • McKee, Gregory
  • Jacobs, Keri


In early 2007, Great Lakes Cooperative's (hereafter GLC) board of directors and CEO held meetings with its membership to lay out the terms of a merger agreement with—a sale to, rather—Green Plains Renewable Energy (hereafter GPRE). The agreement was the result of months of discussions between representatives from GLC, a farmer-owned grain and farm supply cooperative, and GPRE, an investor-owned ethanol producer. What would ultimately lead to the merger of the two companies began as discussions about grain origination for GPRE's ethanol plant.
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  • McKee, Gregory & Jacobs, Keri, 2017. "Governance Structures and the Value of the Firm: The Case of Great Lakes Cooperative and Green Plains Renewable Energy," Journal of Cooperatives, NCERA-210, vol. 32.
  • Handle: RePEc:ags:jlcoop:301194
    DOI: 10.22004/ag.econ.301194

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