The two-year renovation of the main offices of Staple Cotton Cooperative Association and Staple Cotton Discount Corporation is now complete, according to Staplcotn President and CEO Woods Eastland.

The offices, located at 214 West Market Street in downtown Greenwood, Miss., have been a fixture in the Cotton Row Historic District for nearly a century.

Renovations were undertaken in 2002 to increase workplace efficiencies by physically linking the Bledsoe and Garrard Buildings and incorporating 21st century amenities and space design. Throughout the modernization, steps were taken to preserve an architectural style consistent with those of Greenwood's Historic District.

In order to honor its historical significance, Staplcotn has exhibited within its offices photographs depicting the cotton industry in the Mid-South and a pictorial time line that chronicles Delta cotton from the 1800s through Staplcotn's founding, development and growth, and into modern times.

This walking tour through cotton history communicates industry facts, as well as the human story. Future plans include displays of artifacts from Staplcotn's past.

Founded in the early 1920s, Staplcotn, along with Stapldiscount, is the largest producer-owned and oldest cotton marketing cooperative in the country. Staplcotn has grown to provide warehousing, financing and marketing services to nearly 12,000 growers and landlords, who represent farming interests in the 10 Mid-South and Southeast states. The cooperative has 12 regional offices in six states and 15 warehouse locations in three states. Staplcotn members can be found in all 50 states.