MAUMEE, OHIO, US — The Andersons, Inc. will build a 10,000-ton storage building as part of an expansion of its Lordstown, Ohio, US, wholesale fertilizer distribution terminal. The company said the expansion project will increase dry bulk storage by nearly 65% — to 25,500 tons from 15,500 tons — and feature enhancements to the terminal’s receiving system and loadout automation process.

“The Lordstown facility is celebrating its 25th anniversary this year,” said Andy Spahr, vice president of wholesale for The Andersons. “This investment further supports The Andersons commitment to growing with our customers in the northeast Ohio market. We look forward to the positive impact this project will have, supplying key nutrients for agricultural production when and where it matters most, positioning the Lordstown facility to serve the market for the next 25 years.”

Josh Kurth, operations manager at the Lordstown terminal, said the new receiving system will improve uploading capacity to 500 tons per hour from 300 tons per hour, which will allow The Andersons to resupply the warehouse much quicker during periods of high demand. In addition, automation to the loadout process has been completed, streamlining traffic flows and reducing loading times by 25%, he said.

The expansion project is expected to be completed by the fall of 2023, The Andersons said.