HERITAGE Cooperative announced plans to construct a major agriculture campus and research farm in Marysville, Ohio, to serve its customers in the community and provide space for educational sites and test plots.
A groundbreaking was held May 14. The project, scheduled for completion by September 2015, is located on 277 acres.
The campus will significantly expand service capacity to Heritage Cooperative's members in the Marysville area. It will include an express unit-train grain terminal, a 30,000-ton dry fertilizer warehouse and 10,000 tons of liquid nitrogen fertilizer storage with year-round distribution.
"Heritage remains true to our mission to add value to our members' and customers' businesses and communities, and this project, which is one of the largest our cooperative has developed, is a direct reflection of that intent," Heritage Cooperative chief executive officer Eric Parthemore said.
"We know that the needs of our customers and members have changed exponentially, and that requires us to evolve to ensure that we can deliver the cutting-edge efficiency, access to markets and agricultural technologies that position them for success," he added.
The project will include the addition of a CSX Transportation Class I unit-train grain marketing facility, which will feature one of only two loop-track facilities in Ohio. The 8,600 ft. loop track will allow trains to make an entire circuit to load or unload grain while maintaining rail traffic flow on main tracks.
When completed, the project will create about 20 full-time and an additional 15 part-time jobs in the community.
The research farm will have agronomic and seed test plots, as well as conservation demonstration and educational sites. Heritage expects research and testing of new agricultural products to take place there and anticipates the opportunity to partner with local farm and education organizations on additional research.
To learn more about the project, visit www.heritagecooperative.com.