USA — American grain, feed, and food ingredient supplier Scoular plans to invest in major upgrades at two grain handling facilities in Kansas that will increase unloading speeds and expand storage capacity in time for this year’s harvest.

Kansas ranks first amongst states in wheat production, according to the USDA. Scoular said an increased yields and demand for corn, wheat and other grains at both facilities drove the need for upgrades at its Coolidge facility in western Kansas and its Pratt facility in south-central Kansas.

The work at Pratt included expansion of total storage capacity to 5.5 million bushels and a 30% boost in grain unloading speed with an additional high-speed receiving leg. A third grain receiving pit was added, boosting unloading speed and efficiency.

The Coolidge upgrade included expanding total storage capacity to 6.5 million bushels and boosting grain unloading speed by 30% with a new high-speed receiving leg. A fifth grain receiving pit was also added.

The upgrades demonstrate our commitment to improving speed, space and efficiency for customers and we are proud we can serve them even better, especially during the busy harvest time

Ron Bingham, senior vice president and grain division manager at Scoular

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The Coolidge and Pratt facilities are located on railroad mainlines — Coolidge on BNSF and Pratt on Union Pacific — providing customers with efficient access to regional, domestic and export markets, Scoular said.

“The upgrades demonstrate our commitment to improving speed, space and efficiency for customers and we are proud we can serve them even better, especially during the busy harvest time,” said Ron Bingham, senior vice president and grain division manager at Scoular. 

The upgrades follow major improvements completed earlier this summer at Scoular’s facility in Adrian, Missouri, US. All three facilities are part of Scoular’s US Midwestern grain handling network that includes more than 50 facilities in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.  

A 130-year-old company with US$6 billion in sales, Scoular creates safe and reliable supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients.

Recently, the company announced the completion of an extensive upgrade to its grain handling facility in western Missouri, citing increased yields and strong demand for soybeans, especially for renewable diesel, as having driven the upgrades.

It also strengthened its US grain handling with the addition of two facilities in Florida which will be used by Scoular to serve grain and livestock producers in the Southeast US.

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