Remembering a Longtime Federated Employee…

Alfred “Alf” Grandt worked 41 years at Federated Co-ops from 1958 until his retirement in 1999.
Propane was a new product in our area in the 50’s and 60’s forcing many companies to engineer and build their own facilities.  Alf helped to design, build, install and upgrade some of our very first propane storage plants and loading facilities.
Alf also delivered propane, set tanks, unloaded propane rail cars and repaired our trucks during his long career at Federated.  Most of his time was spent as the lead Fleet Maintenance person working out of our Cambridge Minnesota location.  Alf was instrumental in the planning and purchasing of many of our early trucks, pickups and trailers. Alf’s main responsibility was to keep the Federated fleet up and running through the long, cold winter months.  Alf did most of the mechanical repairs, body work and even the painting of Federated’s growing truck fleet.  He was always up to a new challenge and seldom found anything he couldn’t repair or build.
Many Cambridge residents will remember Alf for his huge Christmas displays that decorated his home each season on the East side of Cambridge.  After retirement, Alf and Ruth (his wife of 59 years) moved from Cambridge to the log home they built by hand near Bruno Minnesota.  Alf enjoyed restoring antique toy trucks and tractors in his later years.
Alf passed away at his home on January 25th, 2016 at the age of 78 and will be missed by employees and patrons alike.
Alf is pictured here in 1968 (5th from left) with fellow employees and our early fleet of trucks.