Scafco supplies bins for new grain terminal in southern Idaho

by Teresa Acklin
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   MOUNTAIN HOME, IDAHO, U.S. — What was once a barren, sagebrush-covered field in southern Idaho is now the site of a new 37,000-tonne grain terminal. The B&B Grain Terminal in Mountain Home, owned by the Simplot Livestock Co., was designed to receive maize from the Midwest region of the United States for feeding to the company's dairies and cattle feedlots.

   Scafco Corp., Spokane, Washington, U.S., supplied the grain bins for the U.S.$5-million project. Professional Machinery Sales, Inc., a Scafco dealer based in Twin Falls, Idaho, acted as the designer and project manager.

   The six bins, each with a capacity of about 6,200 tonnes, are filled from overhead conveyors at a rate of about 1,000 bu per hour, Scafco said. The grain terminal also includes dedicated rail siding and a receiving building that can unload a 110-car unit train in 15 hours.

   The grain bins are discharged at 20,000 bph for shipment to Simplot's feedmill through overhead bins and a truck loading spout, Scafco said. Each bin is equipped with a 7,500-bph hydraulic sweep auger.

   The bins were shipped in 15 truckloads to the site during late summer of 1998, Scafco said. The grain terminal began operations in February.