WEST Plains LLC of Kansas City, Mo., announced that it has begun upgrades at six of its grain elevators in western Nebraska and South Dakota.
Upgrades to the Batesland, S.D., elevator facility include a 15,000 bu.-per-hour grain leg, a 325,000 bu. steel grain bin and corresponding reclaim system from the new bin and existing outdoor bunker.
For its Clinton, Neb., facility, West Plains said it will add a 15,000 bu.-per-hour grain leg, a 325,000 bu. steel grain bin and reclaim system from the new bin as well as the existing 20,000 bu. bins already at the location.
At the Merriman, Neb., elevator, the company will add a 7,500 bu.-per-hour grain leg, a new conveyor system serving a 750,000 bu. flat storage facility and a new 90 ft. truck scale.
In Chadron, Neb., West Plains will be developing a new greenfield grain elevator with three 150,000 bu. and one 50,000 bu. steel grain bins as well as a reclaim system from all bins to the 20,000 bu.-per-hour capacity grain leg, which will serve both a truck and rail loadout. The elevator also will be able to unload railcars.
In Gering, Neb., the company said it will add a 1 million bu. flat storage facility with flush floor aeration, while the Mitchell, Neb., location will add a 650,000 bu. flat storage facility with flush floor aeration.
"These multiple upgrades and our new elevator at Chadron, Neb., will give us an enhanced ability to unload grain trucks from our producer clientele in a very fast and efficient manner," West Plains president John Skelley said. "This is consistent with our objective of investing in the agricultural communities where the grain facilities are located.
"As a commitment to its growing base, West Plains will be adding 2.8 million bu. of grain storage at these six locations. We look forward to the 2014 wheat and corn harvest and our improved ability to handle producers' crops," Skelley added.
West Plains is an agricultural commodity trading business that specializes in warehouse operation, risk management and transportation, with a focus on creating value for the company's producers and consumers. It has 23 locations spread across six states and owns or leases nearly 24 million bu. of elevator space.