USA— CHS, a Fortune 500 secondary farmer-owned cooperative is set to expand its operational capabilities and increase efficiency with a new state-of-the-art grain facility offering 1.25 million bushels of additional storage capacity in Minnesota, US, slated to open in fall 2023.

The new shuttle elevator complements existing CHS grain, agronomy and energy assets for area producers. With the addition, total capacity at the location will be 4.55 million bushels.

“This facility is a key location in the flow of grain from the Upper Midwest to export terminals in the Pacific Northwest,” said Rick Dusek, executive vice president of CHS ag retail operations.

The company’s broader strategy is “to balance efficiency and growth, optimizing our footprint with investments in strategic locations that complement our existing system and help us better serve customer-owners,” Dusek added.

“Today’s growers can plant or harvest crops very quickly with modern equipment and technology. CHS needs to continue to invest to keep pace.”

The new terminal is the latest in a series of investments throughout Minnesota and North Dakota by CHS. Most recently, the company has expanded its soybean refinery in Minnesota.

In keeping with its core value of safety, the company has placed priority on safety features and advancements to improve operating conditions.

“Along with expanding our grain handling capabilities and value to area farmers, the new facility will create advantages for our employees, farmers and community,” said James Hardy, who manages CHS Northern Grain, a CHS business unit with 11 grain facilities in northwest Minnesota.

Vigen Construction out of East Grand Forks, Minnesota, US, is overseeing the construction project.

CHS Inc., is a leading global agribusiness owned by farmers, ranchers and cooperatives across the United States.

Diversified in energy, agronomy, grains and foods, CHS is committed to creating connections to empower agriculture, helping its farmer-owners, customers and other stakeholders grow their businesses through its domestic and global operations.

With 403.01 million bushels of licensed grain storage at 231 facilities, CHS is the second largest grain company in North America, according to Sosland Publishing’s 2022 Grain and Milling Annual.

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