Our Team

Eric Simmons

President
eric@simmonsgrain.com

Eric is a third-generation owner of Simmons Grain Co. and has been with the company since 2000. He has been most influential in building and maintaining our customer relationships through his commitment to delivering the best quality product and ensuring our customers' needs come first.

Associate Degree in Business Management
- Kent State University, 2003

Certified Master Grain Merchant through White Commercial Corp.
- June 2011

Jeff Simmons

Vice President
jeff@simmonsgrain.com

Jeff is one of the original founding partners of Simmons Grain Co. He has been the main driving force behind the company's evolution and success.

Completion of White Commerical Corp.'s course on Market Assessment & Expansion
- March 2015

Served on the Arbitration Board for the National Grain & Feed Association
- 2009-2010

Annette Cook

Corporate Secretary
annette@simmonsgrain.com

Annette is also a third-generation owner of Simmons Grain Co. and joined the team in 2015. She oversees front office operations, accounting, certifications, as well as some purchasing and selling. You will also find Annette representing Simmons Grain at trade shows and industry conferences.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Pharmaceutical Sciences
- The Ohio State University, 2003

Steve Gruszecki

General Manager
steve@simmonsgrain.com

Steve has been with Simmons Grain Co. since 2006. He is an important part of our team from the front office to the processing plant. He is knowledgeable on all fronts of our operations. He is also a Certified Master Grain Merchant.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Accounting
- Baldwin Wallace College, 2004

Certified Master Grain Merchant through White Commercial Corp.
- July 2015

Eric Mackall

Shipping/Receiving

Eric joined Simmons Grain Co. in 2008. He is our lead shipping/receiving coordinator. He is responsible for the accurate loading/unloading of both our rail and over-the-road shipments. Eric is also part of our inventory and property management team.

Andy Sanor

Crush Plant Manager
andy@simmonsgrain.com

Andy has been with the company since 2010. He is dedicated to the smooth daily operations of our processing plant. Andy brings a great wealth of knowledge, experience, and ingenuity to the company. He is a critical part of our team who oversees the plant operation, maintenance, and staff.

Jonathan Kenney

Oil and Lecithin Plant Manager
jon@simmonsgrain.com

With Simmons Grain Co since 2014, Jon is an important part of our oil processing plant. He oversees the operation of the plant, the maintenance, and the in-house quality control testing of the product. He also recently completed the LAUNCH program through the Ohio Agribusiness Association.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration
- Youngstown State University, 2017

Corey Deal

Processing Division

Corey joined us in November of 2016. He first started in our crush plant and has now moved into the lecithin processing plant where he is a plant operator and QC tester for the lecithin.

Jeffrey Parrish

Processing Division

Jeff joined Simmons Grain in February of 2017. Jeff is an integral part of the lecithin plant team, serving as an operator and a lab tech for the lecithin.

Jesse Barton

Processing Division

Jesse joined us in September of 2017. He is a plant operator responsible for the seamless operation of the crush lines. He also assists in shipping operations as needed.

Jeff Cook

Scale Operator

Jeff joined Simmons Grain in March of 2018. He is responsible for scaling trucks, sample maintenance, and assists in daily office operations.

Associate Degree in Applied and Technical Studies
- Kent State University, 2018

MacKenzie Firth

QC Development & Documentation

MacKenzie started as an intern for the summer of 2018. Following graduation, we welcomed her to the team full-time. She works to maintain and develop documentation as well as implement new policies and best practices on-going for all certification programs.

Bachelor of Science Degree in Agriculture, Specialization in Animal Sciences
- The Ohio State University, 2018

Ron Miller

Processing Division

Ron joined us with a desire to learn in July of 2020. He is responsible for the smooth operation of our processing plant.

Zach Taylor

Processing Division

Zach has been with us since August of 2020. He is a plant operator in the oil processing plant. He is responsible for the smooth operation of the plant, daily maintenance, quality control, and housekeeping.

Hannah Texter

Office Manager

Hannah started with us in November 2021. Hannah manages our day to day accounting, payroll, and front-office functions. Hannah also helps in maintaining our organic system plan and other certifications within the company.

Bachelor of Science in Applied Science – Exercise Science
Youngstown State University, 2019

Jacob Graffius

Plant Operator

Jacob joined us in December of 2021. He is a plant operator in the crushing plant. He has an excellent skillset which includes leadership, experience, and mechanical aptitude. Jacob is responsible for the plant operations, quality, housekeeping, and maintenance tasks.

Bachelor of Arts – Political Science
Youngstown State University, 2019

Master of Arts – Economics
Youngstown State University, 2023

Todd Knight Jr.

Plant Operator

Hired in April 2023, Todd is also responsible for the smooth operation of the crush plant. He brought a great deal of manufacturing and millwright experience and heavy equipment knowledge along with a positive attitude. He is an excellent addition to the team.

Angus Cope

Plant Operator

Angus has been with us since May of 2023. He is a part of the plant operations team where they are responsible for the operation of the crush plant and the daily maintenance and housekeeping of the plant.

Travis Thomas Sr.

Plant Operator

Travis joined us in June of 2023. Travis’ experience with safety protocols and maintenance skills makes him a great addition to the operations team in our processing plant.

Michael Hawkins

Plant Operator

Michael recently joined us in July 2023. He is a crush plant operator. Ensuring daily processes are carried out correctly and efficiently. He has been a great addition to our team.