The cooperative and grain industries continue to expand with ever larger storage and loading capabilities.
A prime example is the recent announcement by the Aurora Cooperative, one of Nebraska's largest cooperatives, and CHS Inc. to build a high-speed shuttle loading facility near Superior.
CHS is an energy grains and foods company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative.
Construction on the new entity, a limited liability company called Superior East, LLC, will begin immediately and be completed in about 12 months and be ready for the 2014 harvest season, says George Hohwieler, Aurora Cooperative president and CEO.
Superior East will have a storage capacity of 1,250,000 bushels and eventually include a 120-car-capacity circle track on the BNSF line to move corn, soybeans and hard red winter wheat to markets west and south, including Mexico, he says. Additionally, the location will provide a grain ground piling system, as well as 10,000-ton liquid fertilizer storage. The site has ample room to expand both grain and fertilizer capacity, he says.
The current Aurora Cooperative facilities in Superior needed updating, according to Hohwieler. That was one of the reasons for the joint venture with CHS.