The new elevator will be designed for efficient and high-speed handling of inbound trucks, Bartlett said, and road access will be off of U.S. Highway 56. The facility will have nearly 3 million bushels of storage and is designed to load out 110-car shuttle trains.
“We look forward to bringing our focus on customer service and access to strong destination markets to the area’s producers and the region’s existing grain elevators,” Bartlett said.
Construction will begin in July, and Bartlett said it expects to be open for business by the 2015 wheat harvest.
The Barton County elevator will join nine other Bartlett grain facilities in Kansas. Bartlett is a family-owned and managed company that has been operating grain elevators in Kansas since 1907.
Bartlett had 2013 grain storage capacity of 62 million bushels, making it the No. 22 ranked grain major, according to the Grain & Milling Annual 2013 published by Sosland Publishing Co. The company operates a total of 27 grain storage facilities, including 13 country elevators, 12 terminal facilities, one subterminal facility and one river facility.