CHS to open Wisconsin propane rail terminal

New CHS propane rail terminal in Wisconsin slated for completion in mid-November.

CHS Inc. said it is nearing completion of a new propane rail terminal in Hixton, Wis., in time to meet demand for the upcoming heating season. An open house event was held on Oct. 30 to mark the occasion.

The new terminal is owned by CHS and operated by Federation Cooperative of Black River Falls, Wis. It will be served by the Canadian National railroad and will initially have 360,000 gal. of storage, the ability to unload six railcars every 4.5 hours and two truck loading bays capable of loading six trucks per hour. The secure terminal, which uses modern automation and safety technologies, will be completed in mid-November, according to CHS.

Chris Schoenherr, deputy secretary of the Wisconsin Department of Administration, said, "The new terminal that CHS and Federation Cooperative have built in west central Wisconsin will be a major asset in bringing more propane into the state this winter."

"CHS invested in this terminal as part of a broader $24 million investment to develop a robust supply network for propane marketers in the Northern Tier region affected by the Cochin pipeline reversal," according to Drew Combs, CHS vice president of propane. "Our goal is to help marketers serve homeowners, farms and businesses with a safe, reliable supply of propane and to position our customers for future growth while adding value for our member owners."

An aerial video of the terminal while under construction may be viewed at

CHS Inc. is a leading energy, grain and food company and the nation's leading farmer-owned cooperative.

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