The site of Panhandle Cooperative Association planned Alliance facility at 2220 CR 61. A groundbreaking ceremony is set for June 13 @ 10:30 a.m.
Panhandle Cooperative Association of Scottsbluff will expand in Alliance.
A company news release states “that due to the 100% increase per year in their agronomy business over the last three years in the Box Butte County market area, they have purchased property on the northwest side of Alliance with rail access for unit train unloading capability.”
A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 10:30 am, at the construction site which is located at 2220 CR 61. Anticipated completion for the first phase of the project is September 1st.
Panhandle Cooperative Association plans to invest $5 million in the first phase of the project which will include 12,000 Tons of storage of liquid fertilizer, office, liquid blending and load out plant with four bays, agricultural chemical storage warehouse, and shop. This facility will be state-of-the art, fully contained, and will meet or exceed all governmental standards and regulations.
Panhandle Coop will act as the General Contractor of the project and will use local sub contractors where feasible. Crop Production Division Manager Greg France is in charge of the project.
According to the news release, “The Unit Train Unloading gives Panhandle Coop the distinction of being the only fertilizer retailer in the region with that capability. 65-90 rail cars of liquid fertilizer can be unloaded in 15 hours, which will allow tremendous efficiencies for Panhandle Coop and its customers.”
These efficiencies will allow Panhandle Coop to be the least cost, most efficient supplier of liquid fertilizer in the region by giving them access to the least cost fertilizer sources throughout the Midwest and transporting it by rail to this Alliance location. It will also be distributed to their customers at other locations in the Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Wyoming.
This facility will also allow Panhandle Coop to blend and load up to four trucks or trailers simultaneously, saving time and money for their customers. Future phases include doubling the liquid fertilizer storage capacity and constructing a dry fertilizer plant.
The current location located in Berea , which has been in operation since 2006, employs 7 people. The new facility in Alliance will employ up to 15 people.