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Ginner Of The Year: Buzz Cooper

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TCGA Schedule of Events
President's Report
TCGA’s ‘Ginner of the Year’
Scholarship Awards Announced
Trust Continues Profitable Trend In 2010
Incoming TCGA President
Q&A with Jim Bradford
TCGA Exhibitors and Booth Numbers
Civic Center Map (PDF)
CF / TCGA Alliance
TCGA Staff
NFL Referee To Address PCG Annual Meeting
TCGA’s New Home: Overton Hotel
What To Do In Lubbock
Georgian To Lead National Cotton Ginners

 
Was Buzz Cooper born to be a gin manager? That depends on who does the talking in the family these days. When he graduated from Texas Tech University many years ago and earned a degree in ag education, he didn’t plan on following in his father’s footsteps.

Circumstances, however, have a way of changing everything. Buzz grew up in Ralls, Texas, and had worked in the gin with his father, who was managing Ralls Co-op Gin at the time. After finishing college, Buzz found himself running the C&R Gin in Ralls in 1974 and became a partner with the owner. Once he started down this path, he never looked back.

It was also about this time that he met his wife Kim at Texas Tech. She is a native of Quanah, Texas, and was Miss Rodeo Texas when Buzz met her in college. Kim wanted to pursue a career in teaching but joined Southwest Airlines and has worked there for 31 years as a flight attendant. As unlikely as their two careers may seem, they have a mutual appreciation for how agriculture has influenced their family – especially as it pertains to sons Bonner and Ross.

Bonner earned a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Texas A&M and operates his own management company and is still involved in professional rodeo competition. Meanwhile, Ross is a senior communications major at Texas A&M and is involved in rodeo competition on the college level.

Buzz believes that new technology has significantly improved ginning efficiency, resulting in larger gins with more capacity. This scenario drove the decision for Union Co-op Gin and Wilson Co-op Gin to merge in 2004, creating Texas Star Co-op Gin. In the two gins’ best year, total output was 145,000 bales. Last year, the Union gin handled 32,000 bales, and the Wilson gin handled 65,000 bales.

Meanwhile, how important is it to have friends in the ginning industry? Cooper recalls a module fire at one of his gins several years ago. He made a few calls, and, within a few minutes, Dan Taylor, Cary Eubanks and David Wied and their crews showed up with 19 module trucks to help out.

“I think that pretty much tells you how loyal our friends are,” he says. “We’re there to help each other at any time of the night or day.”

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