GSI Launches 40 Series Bins with In-Plant Celebration
Date Posted: February 21, 2013
Work halted for about an hour Feb. 20 at GSI Group LLC’s manufacturing plant at its headquarters in Assumption, IL as employees celebrated the launch of the company’s new 40 Series of corrugated steel grain storage tanks.
During the event, Jared Knudson, president of GSI North America, unveiled a new video on the launch of the bin series, tying the project to the need to feed a global population of 9 billion people by 2040, hence the “40 Series” name.
“In the next 40 years, the agricultural industry will produce more grain than it has in the last 10,000 years,” said Scott Becker, farm storage product manager, during a press briefing immediately prior to the celebration.
“We asked customers and the dealers serving them, what will you need from us in the year 2040 to adequately store and protect that grain?”
In addition to members of the media, U.S. Rep. Rodney Davis, R-IL, and members of the Christian County Economic Development Commission attended the event.
The celebration also included a tour of a new assembly line at the Assumption plant, which includes two new Bradbury roll mills capable of turning 10,000 linear feet and 40,000 linear feet, respectively, of rolled steel into stiffener components.
The 40 Series tanks, developed over a period of 16 months starting late in 2011, were unveiled first at an annual January dealer meeting in Fort Myers, FL, and then at a major farm equipment show in February in Louisville, KY.
The tanks range in size from 18 feet in diameter by 12 rings holding 7,222 bushels to 135 feet in diameter by 34 rings holding 1.24 million bushels and are intended for both on-farm and commercial use.
Among the major features of the new tank series are the Z-Tek™ roof system, a complete redesign of GSI tank roofs that boosts peak capacity from 10,000 to 30,000 pounds and snow load capacity from 30 to 40 pounds per square foot.
The series also includes a new stiffener design that helps produce taller sidewalls, by up to 10% on the three largest tank diameters, to hold more bushels in the same footprint.
Becker said that GSI will include a model 40 Series tank standing 36 feet in diameter by two rings tall in its display booth at GEAPS Exchange 2013 Feb. 23-26 in Louisville, KY.
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