Residents of Seagraves, Texas, and employees at Five Points Gin, located in this small West Texas town, are extending an enthusiastic welcome to the Driven to Thrive Yieldmobile as it traverses from cotton fields to the gin. PhytoGen is partnering with select gins across the Cotton Belt in a promotional campaign highlighting the importance of cotton production to rural communities.
Mike Foster, gin manager, explains why locals are embracing the Yieldmobile on its mission.
“Cotton is everything here,” Foster says. “It’s the lifeblood of the community. During good times, the local economy thrives. But when cotton growers struggle, there’s a residual effect that trickles down to our merchants, businesses and residents. The importance of cotton here cannot be overstated.”
Purchased in 1972, Five Points Gin processes upwards to 30,000 cotton bales annually and provides an important service to cotton growers within its 50-mile radius trade territory. During peak ginning season, the gin employs nearly 25 people.
“Obviously, Five Points Gin is an asset to area cotton growers and is an important contributor to the local economy,” Foster says. “The convenience of being close to the gin reduces transportation and delivery costs for growers that could otherwise be significant. Anything that reduces cost of production, including transporting bales to a gin, helps the bottom line for our customers.”
Foster and the entire Five Points Gin staff work hard to help customers thrive and profit.
“We take pride in the services we provide our customers,” Foster says. “We do all we can to gin their cotton in a proper manner and to produce a good-quality product for them. We also specialize in helping them get a good price for their cotton. We’re the last one who handles their cotton every year and the one who provides our customers with their once-a-year paycheck. We take that role very seriously.”
Embracing the Yieldmobile
Now in his third year with Five Point Gin, Foster explains what it means to him personally to be a part of something that is so important to the community of Seagraves. When first approached by PhytoGen to support the Driven to Thrive Yieldmobile promotion, Foster was immediately supportive. He also is proud of how the 25-plus seasonal employees of Five Points Gin are embracing the Driven to Thrive campaign.
“We’re a small gin in this area, and being involved in this type of campaign helps draw attention to cotton and heightens the visibility of Five Points Gin in the community and among our customers,” Foster says. “The Yieldmobile is attracting a lot of attention because it is unique and new, something they aren’t used to seeing. Our employees have embraced the promotion, too.
“I think everyone is proud of our cotton heritage. As many gins as there are around here, this area is full of modular trucks constantly going up and down the roads during harvest season. The Yieldmobile sticks out. Seeing the Yieldmobile transporting bales from local fields to our gin helps bring that pride to life. Our customers have certainly noticed it.”
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