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FC moving outside Perry

By Staff | Oct 10, 2014

FARMERS COOPERATIVE is building a $7 million retail agronomy site four miles northwest of Perry. The project will relocate the company from the city limits as business volumes grow, with no space to expand in town. In the background is the superstructure for the dry fertilizer loadout system. Visible are the tanks for liquid fertilizer storage. In the foreground is reinforcement for another facility that will be part of the company’s feed and crop protection employees and products.

By LARRY KERSHNER

kersh@farm-news.com

PERRY – When business volume climbs high enough, a company either expands or moves.

In Perry, Farmers Cooperative is doing both.

FC is in the process of a constructing a $7 million retail agronomy outlet, moving out of the city limits of Perry, to 40 acres of elbow room four miles northwest of town.

“There was no problem with the community,” said Devin Mogler, FC’s senior vice president of operations.

He said the former site was on the edge of Perry, on an embargoed- or weight restricted – street, with no room for expansion, and the company’s equipment is getting larger.

“We wanted to move away from a busy residential area,” Mogler said.

Mogler said the Perry site is one of FC’s highest volume locations.

FC is close to completing the first of a two-phase project with new dry and liquid fertilizer storage and load-out capacities, which should be operational this fall, Mogler said.

Phase two will be to erect feed and crop protection facilities, which should be completed by spring 2015.

The project, Mogler said, will accommodate what he said is a doubling of FC’s business volume. It will expand the workforce from the current 10 full-time positions to another five or six, plus added seasonal positions.

Work started on phase 1 in March with heat blankets laid down on deep-frozen ground to get excavations started early. Foundations were poured in August.

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