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Cargill Begins $13 Million Expansion at Cheyenne Wells, CO Grain Storage Facility

Date Posted: November 21, 2013

Cheyenne Wells, CO—Cargill has begun construction of a $13 million expansion project of its grain storage facility in Cheyenne Wells.

The project is expected to be ready to receive grain in time for 2014 wheat harvest, with full completion by August 2014.

“This project provides faster unloading times and additional storage capacity to meet the ever increasing needs of our farmer customers,” said Barry Bauer, regional manager for Cargill.

“As yields and acres grow, these customers have an acute need for unload speed and commercial storage.

" Harvesting continues to be done in a shorter time period, with larger and more efficient equipment harvesting the crop.”

Bauer said that Cargill is also seeing an increase in corn acres in the surrounding area.

“To serve those growers, we’re adding 7,000 bushels per hour of grain drying capacity that will allow growers to start harvest earlier and avoid the risk of waiting for the crop to field dry,” he said.

“Cleaning capacity is also being added that will allow us to serve new markets in the U.S. Southwest.”

The expansion project will add a 25,000-bushel-an-hour unloading pit, 750,000 bushels of upright concrete storage space, grain dryer, and a new efficient traffic flow.

The Cheyenne Wells facility is the main market for hard red winter wheat in the area.

The site is also the prime yellow corn shuttle loader in the area.

Wheat is shipped primarily to the Texas Gulf for export.

Corn is delivered to the Pacific Northwest for export, Mexico and the U.S. Southwest.

For more information, call 952-742-6211.

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