Heritage Cooperative recently announced a major expansion to its branch in Kenton. The new investments will benefit the local economy and increase services to the organization's customers. In the fall of 2013, Heritage will break ground on the more than $7 million project, which includes building a state-of-the-art fuel station, located at Bales Road and State Route 31, and construction of several storage tanks and a load-out building for the agronomy division that will provide increased services to Heritage Cooperative's local customers.
"Making this investment in Kenton provides an important growth opportunity for our organization and greatly expands the services we can offer to Heritage customers," says Eric Parthemore, Heritage CEO. "Contributing to the communities where we operate is a core part of our values, and our ongoing partnership with the Kenton community is critical to our continued success."
The first phase of the expansion is the fuel station, which is estimated to be completed in spring of 2014. The station will offer gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas. With four pumps for passenger vehicles, five pumps for commercial vehicles and three dedicated CNG pumps, the station will be a valuable new resource for Kenton-area residents and for town and county businesses in public service, agriculture and transportation. Pumps will accept all major credit cards and Heritage Fleet Cards.
"Environmental responsibility is essential to what we do," says Parthemore. "We are pleased to give the community unmatched access to a clean-burning, environmentally friendly, affordable fuel source like CNG." He said the station is designed for additional growth in the future as CNG use increases, and that the station uses patented technology that allows fueling and storage fill simultaneously without interruption.
In December, Heritage's Agronomy Fertilizer facility in Kenton will begin expansion with the construction of a two-million-gallon tank for storage of liquid fertilizer and a state-of-the-art, computer-automated liquid load-out building. The building will house both a 24/7 unstaffed load-out bay as well as a staffed retail bay. It also will include eight, ten-thousand gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers. Four, thirty-thousand gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks will also be added to the site.
"Our roots are in agriculture, and our core customer base is the farm community. Expanding our agronomy services makes sense and allows us to maintain and offer even better solutions for the farmers we serve," says Parthemore. "Making these types of investments is good for our customers and our employees and provides even greater benefits and programs for the communities we serve."
Heritage say the steps are being taken to ensure the safety of its employees, its facilities and the communities where it operates. The investments being made in Kenton incorporate the latest technologies, safety features and precautionary measures that will provide for successful operations and a safe environment for everyone.
Updates on the expansion projects will be available on the Heritage website at www.heritagecooperative.com