History of Business
Rivard's Seed Company began operations in 1966 when Bert Rivard recognized the neighbors need to have consistently higher quality seed. A small seed conditioning plant was built on Bert's farm west of Argyle. The business soon out grew the facility. At this time Bert was joined by Ken Schuster, his son-in-law. The GTA line elevator in Argyle was purchased and the seed operation was moved to Argyle. On December 22, 1967, Rivard's Seeds was incorporated and became known as Rivard's Quality Seeds, Inc.
The grain elevator was extensively remodeled to handle seed conditioning, as well as grain handling and grain storage. Bird feed components were also conditioned, blended and packaged in the early 1970's but was discontinued because of limited plant capacity.
The feed mill portion of Rivard's began in 1970. This part of the plant manufactures livestock feed, primarily for beef and dairy cattle, horses and some poultry.
On July 1, 1979, Bert Rivard's sons, Glenn and Larry, purchased his share of the operation. This began a three-way partnership with Ken Schuster.
In the late 1970's and early 1980's Rivard's expanded their commercial grain storage capacity to meet the ever increasing demand. Ten acres of land was purchased 1 1/2 miles north of Argyle. This is known as the Bar "L". The capacity of storage was increased with the development of the Bar L and additional bins near the main plant.
In 1990 Rivard's decided to venture into another market, less tied to agriculture and more linked directly to the consumer. They used their expertise in the seed business to expand into the lawn grass seed market. Blending and packaging equipment were installed in a building 5 blocks south of the main plant.