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History

Cape and Sons
Cape & Son was founded in1952 in San Marcos, Texas by Horace Cape and his son J.M. The Cape family had interests in farming, cotton warehousing, and cotton ginning. The business was initially started as a brokerage firm, buying cottonseed for the oil milling industry in Central and South Texas. They quickly succeeded in building a reputation of honest dealing and high integrity in the oil milling and ginning industries.In the 1980’s, whole cottonseed began to be included in dairy rations as an excellent source of protein, fat, and fiber. Cape & Son recognized this opportunity and began merchandising cottonseed to the dairy markets of Texas.In 1994, J.M. Cape retired from the cottonseed business to concentrate on his investing and real estate interests. J.M. sold Cape & Son to Murray Edwards and Austin Rose of Abilene, Texas, who chose to continue operating the company under its original name and relocated the business to Abilene. Austin Rose was president of the company from 1994-2012. Geoff Haney became President of the company in 2012.Today, the company’s cottonseed, grain, and feed ingredient merchandising operations include storage facilities and grain elevators in the South Central United States for receiving, storing, and shipping commodities to destination markets by truck and rail. In addition to its agricultural operations, Cape & Son operates Sweetwater Switching Company, a BNSF mainline rail facility in Sweetwater, Texas to service oilfield needs in the Permian Basin and Cline Shale of West Texas.

Management

Geoff Haney, President and CEO

Geoff Haney started with Cape & Son in 2002 as Logistics Manager and Trader. He became Senior Trader and a Partner in 2006. Geoff was named Vice President in 2008 and elected President and CEO of the company in 2012. He has been instrumental in company growth and new market development over the past decade. Geoff is also the President of Sweetwater Switching Company, a developing industrial products and grain rail terminal and transloading operation in Sweetwater, Texas.
Geoff is a graduate of the Texas Agricultural Lifetime Leadership Program, currently serves as Chairman of United Way of Abilene, and is President of the Cottonseed and Feed Association.
Geoff studied at the Royal Agricultural College in Cirencester, England and earned a Bachelor of Science in Agricultural Economics from Texas Tech University.

Murray Edwards, Principal

Murray has a long history of owning, operating, and investing in very successful private companies. In the mid 1970’s Murray founded and developed a startup irrigation company in the San Joaquin Valley of California. Subsequently, Murray returned to Texas and purchased the controlling interest of a regional animal feed milling operation, which he expanded into four large-scale manufacturing operations in three states. Currently, Murray maintains ownership and board membership in several private companies. In addition to serving as a principal in Cape & Son, Murray also serves as a director of First Financial Bankshares, a leading West Texas financial institution.
Murray has a Bachelor of Science Degree from Texas A&M University and an MBA from the Harvard Business School.