The Garden City Co-op (GCC) has completed all necessary steps to commence construction of its planned new shuttle loader facility to be constructed northwest of Holcomb.
This transloading facility with track access on the BNSF rail line will allow for an efficient loop track to be built and create opportunities for future industry development that will not only benefit GCC and its member farmers but the entire region as well.
The 1.1-million-bushel grain facility is designed to be highly flexible and automated, allowing for a safe working environment for employees, maximizing grain quality, and exporting and importing grain out/into the area as conditions demand.
The grain facility will be constructed by Buresh Building Systems, Inc. of Hampton, Iowa. Ameritrack Rail will construct the rail loop. Civil Engineering services are being provided by VAA, LLC. Garden City based Wehkamp Excavating, Inc. will complete the civil preparation work for the project. Land O Lakes Inc.’s Strategic Asset Management has provided construction consultation throughout the project.
“We believe with the grain production and demand growth in the market, this facility allows GCC to access additional market opportunities within its own supply chain logistics. This follows our mission statement by creating additional value and proactively adapt to our farmer members ever evolving needs,” Jeff Boyd, CEO of Garden City Co-op, said. “This facility allows us to leverage our investment in our grain origination and merchandising teams to reach more markets for our members’ grain.”
GCC’s Board of Directors approved the project after securing financing with its Colorado-based lender, CoBank.
This project is slated to begin construction within the month and anticipating on being fully operational by early 2024.
A website with more information and updates can be found here: https://www.gccoop.com/new-elevator-terminal-project-information
About the Garden City Co-op
The Garden City Co-op is a full-service agricultural cooperative in Southwest Kansas serving their member-owners’ grain, agronomy, and petroleum needs. Originally formed in 1919, GCC has expanded to serve much of Southwest Kansas with 20 elevators covering nearly 200 miles and a federally licensed bushel capacity of over 30 million bushels, ranking in the top 100 major grain facilities in North America. GCC seeks to be the most valued partner in our farmers’ business through committed cooperative teamwork with our people, assets, and technology.