Company Breaks Ground on Grain Elevator in Custer County

By: Megan Johnson Email
By: Megan Johnson Email

An Ohio based ag company broke ground on a new grain elevator facility in central Nebraska on Friday.

The Andersons Inc. officially broke ground on their new 3.8 million bushel grain elevator. The facility, located just a few miles from Anselmo along Highway 2, will be able to load trucks and trains.

The vice president and general manager of The Andersons grain division says the site will feature a railroad loop track that can hold 120 cars, but otherwise, it will be a fairly simple complex.

"There will be four silos that hold 750,000 bushels each, and there will be a ground pile under cover that will hold 1.5 million bushels," said Joe Needham.

The Andersons Inc. have purchased or made lease agreements with other Nebraska companies, but this will be the first grain elevator they've build in the state. They say it'll be the largest, and more importantly, only rail accessible elevator in Custer County.

"The access to load shuttle trains on the main line of the Burlington Northern railroad should give farmers higher values and less transportation, so between logistics and the pricing I think it'll be a benefit to the county," Needham said.

The president of the Custer Economic Development Corporation says encouraging other rail based businesses to consider the area is just one of the benefits the elevator will provide.

"It's also going to provide for our community extra jobs, they're looking at possibly ten to eleven full time jobs and seasonal help," said Liz Babcock. "It's a great asset to our community for the Andersons to be here."

Though the company only announced a month ago that construction would begin, Needham says it's been a long process to get to the ceremonial day.

"The effort to get us to this point has been almost a year long, a lot of background work, a lot of work with community leaders to get us to this point," he said. "To finally have the official ground breaking is exciting."

The Andersons say the elevator should be open by harvest 2012.

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