The Sleepy Eye Area Chamber of Commerce has announced the community’s 2012 Manufacturer Of The Year. River Region Cooperative was founded in the year 1890 by 133 local farmers who were disappointed with private grain merchants. The co-op built it’s first elevator in 1898, and it’s downtown Sleepy Eye location was built in 1921 at a cost of just over $44,000. River Region Co-Op now has offices in Sleepy Eye, Essig and Cobden. The company will be honored by the Sleepy Eye Chamber in the near future.