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Grain handling expansion underway

By Staff | May 16, 2014

BRENT BUNTE , general manager of NEW Cooperative, shows plans of a new grain facility being constructed at NEW’s Lanyon location to area producers recently during an informational meeting.

LANYON (NEW CO-OP) – NEW Cooperative announced on May 9 the construction of a new grain facility at Lanyon.

With this addition, Lanyon will become a full-service grain and agronomy location for NEW Cooperative and the project marks the first time that NEW Co-op has constructed a new grain facility at a greenfield site.

NEW expects that the new Lanyon facility will be operational for harvest this fall.

NEW began agronomy operations in Lanyon 2 years ago with an anhydrous facility and small warehouse to better service the needs its area customers.

Last year, the demand for seed and chemicals in the area justified construction a large seed and chemical warehouse.

HEAVY EQUIPMENT is at work at the NEW Cooperative site in Lanyon to construct a new grain handling facility that will be capable of receiving 30,000 bushels of grain per hour.

The members and customers have proven the need for full grain receiving capabilities in Lanyon, a news release said, through significant growth.

“Two receiving systems,” said Mark Walter, grain manager for NEW Cooperative, “capable of receiving 30,000 bushels of grain per hour will assist in getting the Lanyon customer back to the field quickly and keep equipment moving in the field.

“All of the same services offered at the other 21 facilities of NEW Cooperative will now be available at Lanyon upon completion.”

These include as exterior scale ticket printers within reach of the tractor cab, the ability to receive scale ticket information by text, and the ability to download ticket information via Connection Central on NEW’s website.

Dirt work has already begun on the construction of four grain bins totaling 1.87 million bushels of storage capacity.

A new office and large scale will be constructed directly south of the new seed and chemical building, and driveway construction to and from the facility is underway.

An additional outlet to the blacktop will be constructed on the east side of the property so that deliveries can enter from the west and exit to the east.

This will allow for quick movement through the facility.

“This is an exciting time for NEW Cooperative,” said Brent Bunte, NEW Cooperative general manager, “our members and customers, and the residents of Lanyon.

“By working in cooperation with each other, the new Lanyon facility will be something we can all be proud of.”

NEW Cooperative takes great pride in being a part of every community where its facilities exist, Bunte said.

NEW has purchased the old wood elevator in Lanyon and has implemented a plan to clean up the property.

The old elevator will be torn down and burnt, which will further enhance the image of Lanyon, and provide local residents with the most professional and safe location.

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