GILMAN, ILLINOIS, U.S. — Cargill announced on Dec. 10 that it is enhancing its Gilman, Illinois, U.S., grain operations through creation of a third truck receiving pit to complement the facility's existing rail and truck unload capabilities.

The investment will increase Cargill's grain unloading capacity during peak times by 25,000 bushels per hour, improving maximum capacity up to as much as 60,000 bushels per hour. It will also allow for the efficient dumping of grain, without the need to move producers' trucks during the unload process. The new receiving pit is expected to be ready for deliveries by May 2011.

In addition, Cargill has installed a new grain dryer at the Gilman facility that significantly boosts its grain-drying capacity. The installation of the new GSI grain-drying equipment more than triples the facility's drying capacity from a level of 4,000 bushels per hour to 14,000 bushels per hour.

"We are pleased to invest in solutions that benefit our producer customers," said Dayton Jagiela, facility manager for Cargill AgHorizons' Gilman elevator. "The additional truck receiving pit will allow for greater service and flexibility for our customers at peak capacity, offering faster grain unloading capabilities during their busiest time of the year. And the new grain dryer enhances our overall drying capabilities, which should be welcome news for our producer customers."

Cargill has 12 dedicated employees at its Gilman grain elevator helping farmers with grain handling, crop insurance, and grain marketing needs. In the region, Cargill operates grain elevators year-round in Gilman, Gibson City and Tuscola, Illinois, U.S., as well as in Dana, Indiana, U.S.