CHS Larsen Cooperative announced final plans to expand their grain facilities in two Wisconsin locations, Readfield and Center Valley.
Both projects will start construction in May 2015 and are expected to be completed for 2015 harvest. The expansion project will add an additional 980,750 bushels of storage, decrease wait time for unloading, increase dump pit speeds, and increase drying capacities.
“As a CHS cooperative we are always looking for ways to help our owners grow and provide better service to them. In order to do this we’ve decided we need to grow as well,” said Todd Reif, general manager, CHS Larsen Cooperative.
The Readfield location’s expansion includes two 8-foot by 26-foot receiving pits, two 20,000 bushel per hour receiving systems and two 4750 tower dryers. Readfield will also have two 104,000 bushel wet bins with full aeration floors.
This will give the facility the ability to dry two commodities at once and increase the unloading speed to eliminate truck receiving lines. The existing bins on the west side of the current setup will be updated to receive at a rate of 20,000 bushels per hour.
In further efforts to increase flow and efficiency through the facility, the co-op will also be adding two new scales north of the tracks for separate inbound and outbound actions.
The public can follow construction updates on the CHS Larsen Cooperative website, www.Larsen.coop. There will be renderings of the plans along with photos of the projects in process.
CHS Larsen Cooperative, a full-service ag retailer, is part of CHS Inc., a leading energy, grains and foods global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.