Our Family Working for Your Family

ZFS Creston was founded in 2018 when the ownership family of Zeeland Farm Services, Inc., purchased the soy processing plant and soy flour mill in Creston, Iowa from CHS.

Though ZFS Creston is a young entity, its foundation can be found in more than 70 years of agricultural experience and relationships forged by the Meeuwsen family. The family also owns soy processing facilities in Zeeland and Ithaca, Michigan, corn processing plants in Nebraska and Pennsylvania, and a transportation operation in Michigan, focused on the agriculture sector.

Zeeland Farm Services (ZFS) was founded as Meeuwsen Produce and Grain in 1950 by Robert G. Meeuwsen.

Zeeland Farm Services first truck
Zeeland Farm Services grain elevator in the 1970s

The company reorganized in 1977 as Zeeland Farm Services to reflect the wider variety of agricultural services it was offering its customers. Robert sold ZFS to his sons Cliff, Arlen and Robb in 1992.

In 1996, ZFS opened Michigan’s first soybean processing plant, forever changing the landscape of agriculture in the Great Lakes State. In 2003, ZFS added Michigan’s first edible oil refinery, which remains the only facility of its kind in the state. The plant in Zeeland was Michigan’s only large-scale soy processing facility until 2019, when affiliate ZFS Ithaca opened for operation, further expanding the Meeuwsen family’s footprint in the soy industry. Today, the ZFS Michigan plants are capable of processing more than 50 percent of the soybeans grown in the state.

More than 500 employees, including about a dozen Meeuwsen family members, work at ZFS and its affiliates. Robert Meeuwsen’s grandchildren now occupy key roles throughout the company, with members of the fourth generation working hard to learn the family business and follow his example of a strong work ethic, perseverance, ingenuity, dedication to the company, and above all, commitment to the customer.

It truly is our family working for you.

Zeeland Farm Services soy processing plant in 1996