Hood River Supply Association offers petroleum product sales and service, orchard machinery sales and service, agri-products fertilizer, hardware, feed, seed, paint, orchard supplies, lawn and garden power equipment, and pellets. Hood River Supply Association’s currently serves customer/members that reside in the Mid-Columbia areas of Hood River, Wasco, Sherman, Klickitat and Skamania counties. Hood River Supply has over 1500 members that are serviced through two retail outlets in Hood River and Odell by 40+ employees. Our cooperative’s purpose is to supply it’s member with products and services.
A cooperative is a business owned collectively by its members who share in the benefits. The co-op’s purpose is to supply its customers with a product, marketing assistance or services. While cooperatives have much in common with other businesses, there are some differences. Profits, which in our industry are known as “savings” (i.e. money left over each year after the costs of doing business are met), are returned to the customers. At least 20% of these savings are returned in cash and the balance returned in stock certificates. Stock certificates are retired with cash at a later date, depending upon the co-op’s policies and available funds. Cooperatives operate on a one-member, one-vote policy. Every common stockholder has an equal voice in the cooperative.