December 4, 2020

MaxYield All-Star Team: Jim Klepper

20150504_maxyield_034 (1024x681)As we continue to celebrate our 100 year anniversary, we look back at some of the folks that make our company great…including our All-Star team award winners: 

There are no traffic jams when you go the extra mile. Just ask Jim Klepper. Whether he’s transporting grain, fertilizer, liquid propane (LP), or rock, Jim is in it for the long haul at MaxYield Cooperative, where he handles his work with plenty of professionalism and good humor.

“I’m a commodity relocation specialist—a CRS,” said Jim, who has been with the co-op for 19 years and was on MaxYield’s 2013 All Star Team. “It’s fun, and that’s the best part of it.”

Jim found his fit at MaxYield Cooperative after his previous careers of installing telecommunications equipment around the Midwest and later working as an over-the-road trucker before joining the co-op. “I like how every day is different, depending on the season, and I also like the flexibility of the job.”

Jim covers MaxYield’s West Area for grain and fertilizer, although he drives from Fostoria to Britt to haul LP after picking up a transport load from the terminal at Sanborn, Clear Lake, or Ogden. He appreciates that MaxYield provides good equipment to work with and emphasizes a culture of safety. He also likes working directly with farmers in MaxYield’s trade territory.

“I work with them when we pick up grain from the farm in the fall,” said Jim, who is known for his upbeat, positive attitude. “We’re like inexpensive hired help for them.”

Living the good life
Regardless of what he’s hauling, Jim likes working in the countryside. “If I pull up to a corner in town and have to wait for three cars, it seems like a long time,” said Jim, a 1983 graduate of West Bend High School.

Jim also likes the flexibility of his work, especially since he can load and unload LP 24 hours a day. “Since I can set my schedule and figure out my own route, it’s like being my own boss.”

No matter where his work takes him, Jim takes the extra initiative to make the workday easier for his team members. “We help out with maintenance work and fill in where we’re needed,” he said.

This spirit of cooperation is widespread throughout MaxYield, where Jim appreciates the support of his fellow truck drivers, the mechanics in the shop who keep everything running, and Judy Frieden, the West Bend client care leader who handles the paperwork. “It’s all about teamwork here,” Jim said. “These are good, hard-working people I can count on. They know the little things aren’t little at all when it comes to serving MaxYield’s clients.”

Editor’s note: Jim and his wife, Pennie, a fourth-grade teacher in the Graettinger-Terril School District and instructor at Buena Vista University, have three children. Oldest daughter Jackie and her husband, Ben, who serves in the U.S. Navy, recently welcomed a new addition to the family in Norfolk, VA. Their daughter, Lily, who is Jim’s first grandchild, was born Dec. 17, 2014. The Klepper’s second daughter, Jamie, is studying radiation therapy at the University of Iowa. Their youngest daughter, Kelli, will be a senior at West Bend-Mallard High School this fall. In his free time, Jim enjoys camping, bow hunting, and firing up his Honda VTX motorcycle.

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