FARMER-owned cooperatives CHS and Mid-Kansas Cooperative (MKC) announced March 6 plans to build and operate a high-speed shuttle loading facility in Canton, Kan.
The two organizations will form a limited liability company to manage the operation.
Construction is expected to begin this spring and be completed in roughly 12 months. Located on a site owned by MKC, the facility will load 110-car shuttle trains bound for export facilities in the Pacific Northwest, the Gulf Coast and Mexico.
Featuring on-site storage of more than 3 million bu., the facility will be served by the Union Pacific rail line.
Grain marketing services for the facility will be handled by Team Marketing Alliance, a limited liability company wholly owned by four Kansas cooperatives, including MKC, that operate 48 country elevator facilities. The alliance handles origination, merchandising, logistics, accounting and e-commerce for the parent companies.
MKC operates in 11 central Kansas counties and serves more than 4,800 members. CHS is the nation's largest farmer-owned cooperative.