Ground broken for second 110-car shuttle train

by Emily Wilson
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ST. PAUL, MINNESOTA, U.S. — Grain Suppliers Company LLC, a feed grain partnership between Commodity Specialists Company and the Harvest States division of CHS Cooperatives, has broken ground for construction of its second 110-car shuttle train receiving facility outside Collins, Mississippi, U.S. Grain Suppliers is also building a similar facility near Friona, Texas, U.S.

Situated on 135 acres (54 hectares), the Mississippi facility is designed to handle primarily yellow maize, but it can be reconfigured to accommodate other commodities as needed.

With a storage capacity of 700,000 bushels (17,780 tonnes in terms of maize), the elevator will be able to unload up to 50,000 bushels of grain 1,270 tonnes of maize) per hour or a full 110-car unit train within 15 hours. Annual volume is estimated at 15 million bushels (381,000 tonnes).

The facility will be able to receive grain from both Canadian National Illinois Central and Burlington Northern Santa Fe origins. The project should be completed by summer 2003.

"We’re excited to bring cost-efficient, reliable grain delivery to the poultry industry of Southern Mississippi," explained Rick Browne, Grain Suppliers board chairman and Harvest States Grain group senior vice president. "In today’s increasingly competitive agricultural climate, it is critical to move grain from producer to consumer in the most efficient way possible. Facilities like this one bring value to both buyers and sellers."

Todd & Sargent will serve as design/build, general contractor for the grain facility project. Todd & Sargent, headquartered out of Ames, Iowa, has a long-standing business relationship with the farmer-owned agricultural cooperative, having served as general contractor for flour mills in Pennsylvania and Wisconsin, and currently leading construction of a similar receiving facility in Texas as well as a new soybean crushing plant in Minnesota.

Subcontractors and additional suppliers are currently under review.