Veldhuis Dairies LLC
In the early 1980s, Jacob and Anna Veldhuis packed up their life in the Netherlands and brought their family to the United States. They arrived in California in pursuit of the American dream, pouring everything they had into starting a dairy farm. Over the next two decades, their family grew, and so did their business.
In 1984, Jacob and Anna had moved to Washington, where they were running a single dairy facility. In 2000, Veldhuis Dairies began on a path of significant expansion, and they eventually reached a point that they were unable to keep up with their ongoing success. They started looking for a lender who would understand their needs and recognize the value of a long-term banking relationship. Their accountant suggested one bank in particular: one founded by a fellow dairy farmer, with a solid reputation amongst dairy and livestock businesses.
They chose Citizens Business Bank to accommodate their business expansion. The Bank was able to work closely with the family to offer customized solutions tailored to their unique business needs. “They’ve always taken care of us,” the whole family agrees, “they processed loans quickly, and whenever we started a project they came through.” With the help of Commercial Lending solutions, Veldhuis Dairies was able to acquire additional dairy facilities for their growing business.
Today, Veldhuis Dairies is truly a family-owned and family-run business. “We don’t believe in titles,” says Fransisca. Instead of having individual titles, Jacob and Anna, along with their daughter Fransisca and her husband Mark, their son Ruurd and his wife Tabitha, and their son Hessel, all consider themselves owner/operators of Veldhuis Dairies. In the seven years since becoming a customer of the Bank’s Dairy & Livestock Industries Group, Veldhuis Dairies has more than doubled in size. The family employs approximately 225 workers to tend to 19,000 cows across their six facilities in Washington. They’ve added three new dairies in the last five years alone, and with the Bank’s support they plan to open another soon.
Moonshine Dairy was established in 1997 as a privately held company located in Crows Landing, California. They are a family-owned and operated dairy with over 2,000 dairy cows. They pride themselves on organization and efficiency with an emphasis on sanitation. Moonshine Dairy strives to constantly improve production by focusing on innovation and the well-being of their livestock. This has led to the ongoing success of their Dairy.
“Customer service is the highest priority for our Dairy. Everyone in the Bank’s Dairy and Livestock Group is very responsive. As our Dairy grew, Citizens Business Bank provided Asset Based Financing to support our expansion. We also use Business Online Banking to manage our daily finances. Our relationship with Citizens Business Bank goes back decades with our family. The Bank provides valuable insight and always has the best interest of our Dairy and long-term success.”
Guess Cattle Co LLC
In 1964, the Guess family began raising dairy calves for local dairymen throughout Southern California. Over the years, the demand for raising calves increased and Guess Cattle grew to a thriving calf ranch. Located in Central California, Guess Cattle now includes a dairy calf ranch, dairy facility, farming in Dimmitt, TX, and a registered angus cow calf herd in Springville, CA. Guess Cattle strives to raise quality cattle at a competitive price, while maintaining complete customer satisfaction.
“Since 1993, Citizens Business Bank has helped maintain the growth and production of our business. The Bank provided the financing necessary to expand in California and Texas, including long-term real estate financing. Citizens Business Bank also supports our ongoing operations with commercial lines of credit. We could not be more satisfied with the personal level of service we receive from Citizens Business Bank and the products that help our business succeed.”
– Rodger A. Guess, Chief Executive Officer
Albert Goyenetche Dairy
Albert Goyenetche epitomizes the American dream. He immigrated to this country from the Basque region of France as a 16-year-old. In 1973, after working as a milker and a calf buyer, Albert and his wife, Gracie, started their own dairy. He currently operates dairies in San Bernardino and Kern Counties. It is a family operation; his sons and daughter are also in the dairy business.
“I have a great deal of respect for the folks at Citizens Business Bank. They know their business and they know the dairy business. When we work together everyone benefits from the successful results. ”
— Albert Goyenetche, Dairy Farmer
From humble beginnings in Washington State nearly 40 years ago, Nick and Suzanne DeRuyter have grown their operations into one of the largest wholesale dairy farm businesses in the Northwest. Since relocating to Idaho in 1997, the DeRuyters have grown their dairy herd to over 8,000 cows milking daily and farm nearly 5,000 acres. Nick and Suzanne provide more than 25 million gallons of quality whole milk annually as producers for both Northwest Dairy Association in Washington and Sorrento Lactalis in Idaho.
“As owners of our DeRuyter Entities, we have maintained a business banking relationship with Citizens Business Bank’s Dairy & Livestock Group dating back to 1997 when we relocated to Idaho. The Bank has continually provided us with financing solutions over the years, including Operating Lines of Credit and Real Estate Financing, to grow and expand our various business interests into what we have today. With the Bank’s belief and trust in us, we have continued to produce a stable product for the world’s food supply which will allow our family to carry on our various business interests for years to come.”
– Nick and Suzanne DeRuyter, Owners