The new elevator being built by West Plains Grain just off Highway 385 northeast of the Chadron airport turns out to be only part of the company’s construction plans for 2014.
Great Plains has also has projects planned at 4 of its existing elevators in the Panhandle…Mitchell, Gering, Clinton, and Meriman…as well as the elevator at Batesland, South Dakota.
West Plains President John Skelley says the multiple upgrades and the new elevator at Chadron will give it another 2.8-million bushels of grain storage as well as an enhanced ability to unload grain trucks from producers in a very fast and efficient manner.
Skelley says the project are consistent with the company’s objective of investing in the agricultural communities where its grain facilities are located.
The new West Plains Chadron greenfield grain elevator will have three 150,000 bushel steel grain bins plus a 50,000 bushel steel grain bin and a reclaim system from all bins to the grain leg.
The grain leg will have a 20,000 bushel per hour capacity for load outs by either truck or rail. The elevator will also be able to unload railcars.
The West Plains Grain elevator in Gering is getting a million-bushel flat storage facility with flush-floor aeration while Mitchell will add a 650,000 bushel flat storage facility, also with flush-floor aeration.
In Clinton, the company will add a 15,000 bushel per hour grain leg, a 325,000 bushel steel grain bin and reclaim system that will serve both the new bin and the 200,000 bushel existing bins.
The Merriman elevator is getting a new 90-foot truck scale, a 7,500 bushel per hour grain leg, and a new conveyor system serving a 750,000 bushel flat storage facility.
In Batesland, the upgrades include a 15,000 bushel per hour grain leg, a 325,000 bushel steel grain bin, and a corresponding reclaim system from the new bin and the existing outdoor bunker.