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Interstate Mills, Owatonna, MN Breaks Ground for New Facility at Randolph, MN With Loop Track and Union Pacific Access

Date Posted: March 14, 2013


Interstate Mills, LLC, Owatonna, MN has begun construction on a new grain terminal and rail loop in Randolph, Minn. The $24 million project, located on 78 acres in the Great Western Industrial Park, will have a five million bushel steel storage capacity and a bulk loading system utilizing a loop track which can accommodate 110 cars.

The terminal will be Interstate Mills’ first location with direct rail service, according to Vice President and General Manager Jim Dell. Interstate Mills is a subsidiary of Central Valley Cooperative, of Owatonna. It operates Minnesota facilities in Dennison, Hayfield, Kenyon, Northfield and Owatonna, with grain marketing, bulk swine feed production, and swine management consultation.

Grain received at the Randolph facility will be loaded onto the short line, operated by Progressive Rail, and then transferred to the Union Pacific for delivery to both the southeastern United States and to the Pacific Northwest.

With the addition of Randolph, Interstate Mills has tripled its storage capacity from 5 million bushels in 2007 to 15 million bushels. The new facility will accept grain at 60,000 bushels of grain per hour and will have the capacity to dry grain at 10,000 bushels per hour. The quick-dump system will allow trucks to unload in less than four minutes.

Work began on the project following a February 20th groundbreaking ceremony and will be completed exclusively by Minnesota contractors. The general contractor is J&D Construction of Montevideo, MN. The terminal will be ready to receive grain in the 2013 harvest season and will employ four to eight people. It will serve farmers in southeastern Minnesota and western Wisconsin.

Included in the groundbreaking ceremony, left to right: Larry Neumann, consultant to Interstate Mills; Doug Felton, Great Western Industrial Park; Andy Brandel, I & S Engineering; Dave Fellon, President, Progressive Rail; Gary Mohr, General Manager, Central Valley Cooperative; Jim Dell, General Manager, Interstate Mills; Scott Mitlyng, Owner, J & D Construction; Bob Appelgren, Mayor, Randolph, MN; Bill Callister, Randolph Township Board; Dave Estrem, President, Interstate Mills Board.

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