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Cargill to build $18.6 million elevator near Emery

EMERY, S.D. — Cargill will begin construction of a 5.2 million bushel grain elevator and storage facility this month south of Emery off 429th Avenue. The project will be completed by the 2014 harvest.

The new $18.6 million facility will serve as an independent unloading location for farmer customers that will be separate from the main elevator in Emery. Among other features, the new operation will include a new grain drying system, three large wet grain storage bins, overhead truck load-out bins, dual truck scales, and a large capacity receiving leg that will double the current Emery unload speed.

“One reason we are doing this project is to keep pace with our farmer customers in South Dakota, who themselves have invested in technology to achieve excellent yield and harvest capabilities gains over the years,” said General Manager Doug Fjelland. “The additional facility will provide more space, enhanced drying capabilities and increased unloading speed to assure that our farmer customers unload quickly and safely.”

The majority of the grain drying will now be done at the new site. The project includes a truck staging area, which will reduce the traffic congestion on highways, especially at harvest.

Fjelland said the local team of employees was a key driver of this investment by Cargill.

“They have a great safety record and have a strong commitment to helping our farmer customers thrive through competitive pricing, risk management solutions, agronomy expertise and superior customer service.”

This investment also ensures regional farmers will continue to tap into competitive global grain markets, according to Cargill.

Plant Manager Dwight Berens said, “Emery is a key origination point for rail shipments of both corn and soybeans headed to the Pacific Northwest for export. This facility will help South Dakota farmers feed that market.”

Berens also noted the increased capacity will allow Cargill to better service farmers during the hard red winter wheat harvest before the corn and bean harvest.

“We have a strong commitment to helping farmers prosper, being good stewards within the Emery community and allowing Cargill to be a great place to work for our employees,” Berens said. “With this new facility we will be able to continue this vision and grow with the agricultural industry in South Dakota.”

Kara Kayser, finance officer with the city of Emery, said the city is pleased that Cargill has chosen to expand its operations in the community.

“We look forward to a continued partnership and opportunities for future growth and expansion,” she said.