AGCO Awards 2010 Operator Of The Year

Mike Pluimer Operator Of The Year

AGCO has named Mike Pluimer, Ceres Solutions, Templeton, IN, as its 2010 Operator of the Year. He was awarded a 2010 Harley-Davidson motorcycle at this week’s Ag Retailers Association (ARA) Conference and Exposition.

Pluimer’s nomination described what makes him this year’s best U.S. custom applicator:

“Pluimer treats all of his customers’ fields as his own. They appreciate his keen understanding of both the agronomic and business aspects of custom application. With more than 20 years of application experience and an average of 68,000 acres over 3,000 work hours each year, it’s no surprise that Pluimer is well respected by his customers, as well as his suppliers and colleagues.”

Other finalists for the award included: Gary Brandt, Gateway FS Inc. (Red Bud, IL), Marcos Duarte, Crop Production Service (Galva, KS), and Tony Kornder, Genesis (Le Center, MN).

“This is truly one of the most rewarding programs we invest in every year,” said Mark Sharitz, AGCO Application Equipment director of marketing and current ARA board member. “There are so many outstanding operators across the country who are absolutely committed to delivering exceptional service and results to their customers. These folks play a vital role in the safe and abundant production of food, fiber, and energy, and we believe their contribution deserves to be recognized.”

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9 comments on “AGCO Awards 2010 Operator Of The Year

  1. Congradulations Mike on your award! It is a achievement that you will never forget. Hope you enjoy your brand new Harley Davidson. I know i did. Best of luck to you in the future.

    Tod Borge
    2009 Operator of the Year

  2. Way to go cuzz! We are proud of you, and know that your dad would be busting, with PRIDE. Never had a relative that won anything Nationally. Congratulations again! David and Rosa

  3. Congratulations Mike, looking right at home on that bike. We had a great time and enjoyed meeting you and Mary Jane along with Gary and Kelly and Marcos and Wanda. Maybe we’ll all meet again next year! Enjoy the bike, you certainly earned it.

    Tony and Wendy Kornder
    2010 Operator of the Year Finalist

  4. I want to thank AGCO and Mark Sharitz and everyone else involved with this award. Mark, don’t ever loose your passion for Operator of the Year.
    I also want to make it clear that this award was a total team effort within Ceres Solutions. Especially at the Templeton,In. location. Tom Stein, mgr, Joel Amstutz and Amanda Whaley setting up jobs and dispatching trucks. Herb McGill by far my no.1 delivery person. Denny Dispennett responsible for all mixing and blending. And the rest of my coworkers. Without their support and help this wouldn’t be possible.
    But I especially want to thank my wife Mary Jane. I am blessed to have a wife who understands my passion to take care of all our customers.
    Mike Pluimer
    2010 Operator of the Year

  5. Congratulations Mike! Much deserved!
    We had a wonderful time with you and the other finalists!

    Thank you AGCO for putting on such a wonderful program and for treating us so well.

    We will never forget this awesome experience!

  6. Congratulations Mike and Mary Jane on your Operator of the Year award. Please be careful on the Harley, but then what do we know, we have never owned one. Enjoy.
    Dick and Marsha Hardman

  7. Hi Mike…just wanted to pass on my congratulations to you, also! I know you are well-deserving of the award and everyone is so proud of you. Enjoy your award! Nadine (Mandy’s Mom)

  8. Congrats DAD!!!! Love you very much. Its nice to know you finally got recognized for all those baseball games you missed me playing in high school.. lol.. WE have such a thankless job and I know everyone is proud of you and your TEAM for their hardwork to get you over the acres.

    WE love you Todd, Theresa… and your GRANDKIDS Karissa and Luke

  9. Congratulatios Mike. It was a great pleasure do get to be with you and wife down in Palms Springs and much yet to see you winning. Keep it up!

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