Interstate Mills storage facility in Hayfield is expected to begin taking grain this week. Photo by Tara Lindquist
By Tara Lindquist
Three months and two million dollars later, Interstate Mills is expected to open their new corn storage facility sometime this week.
Interstate Mills began construction on two, one-million bushel flat storage corn bunkers in June. "The project had been in our future plans for a while but there was never a time table," Dave Santjer, mill manager explained. "Then in June they decided it was time to do it." Last year Interstate Mills shipped out about million bushels of corn due to storage shortages, with the new bunkers they won't have to ship out as much corn this year but will be able to bring it back to the mill and use it for feed. The new site will also be able to dump about 20 trucks in an hour during the fall, which is critical when farmers are harvesting. "We don't like to keep the farmers waiting when they come into dump corn," Santjer explained. "We want to get them in and out as quickly as possible."
Noise has been a concern for neighbors of Interstate Mills in Hayfield, with loud fans and dryers that run throughout the fall. "Each bunker will have a fan that runs all the time," he said. "But we took extra precautions this time to make sure to install fans that create minimal noise so the houses across for the site shouldn't hear them." They have also implemented a plan of treating the roads and corn with calcium chloride to keep the dust down.
"We're committed to staying in Hayfield and expanding here," Santjer added. "At some time in the next few years there are also plans to add two, one million bushel steel grain bins to the site as well."
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