March 2, 2021

Statement Regarding Accident at MaxYield’s Belmond Facility

UPDATE: March 28, 2017, 4:00 p.m.

MaxYield Cooperative continues to cooperate fully with all appropriate agencies regarding the passing of team member Dan Feller, which occurred yesterday at our Belmond grain facility.

This morning, OSHA completed their onsite investigation of the accident. OSHA will take this information back to their offices for review. It will be several days and possibly weeks for their investigation to be completed.

We thank all the team members, and our outstanding local emergency response personnel and law enforcement for their quick response yesterday. We are grateful to each of you for your assistance, professionalism and support.

MaxYield understands that this is a very difficult time for our team members, especially those that were close to Dan. We are grateful for everyone that has offered support and we will continue to offer resources and support for any team member that needs or requests it. We will make our way through the healing process with the strength and resilience of each other.

We offer our prayers, condolences and deepest sympathy to Dan’s family and friends. He was very much a valued member of our team and will be greatly missed.

MaxYield will post details of his funeral arrangements when they are made available.

Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative


Original Statement: March 27, 2017

Contact:               Chad Meyer                                                                       Date: March 27, 2017
Client Relations/Communications Director
Office: 515-887-7211, ext. 216
Cell: 515-320-2593


Statement Regarding Fatality at Belmond Facility

WEST BEND, IOWA, March 27, 2017 – At approximately 2:15 p.m. Monday, March 27th, grain by-products were being loaded into a semi-truck located at the Belmond, IA location of MaxYield Cooperative. During the truck loading process, Dan Feller, an employee of MaxYield Cooperative, fell from a platform, resulting in his death.

We take the safety of our employees very seriously and we have in place comprehensive and extensive training programs and safety protocol. It is unknown at this time how the accident occurred and the accident is being investigated. MaxYield is cooperating fully with the appropriate authorities.

MaxYield Cooperative and I are deeply saddened by this tragic accident and we extend our sincere condolences and sympathy to Dan’s family.

More details about the accident will be released when they are available.

Keith Heim, CEO
MaxYield Cooperative


About MaxYield Cooperative

MaxYield Cooperative, headquartered in West Bend, IA, is a member-owned agricultural cooperative that was founded in 1915. The cooperative has 24 locations, and three Cenex convenience stores in Iowa. They also provide grain origination and accounting services for two Iowa feed mills. For more information, visit MaxYield online at or




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