By Margaret Thomsen Mid Iowa Coop held an informational meeting for customers on December 7 at the St. Boniface Catholic Social Center. Purpose of the meeting was to share the facility plans approved by Mid-Iowa Cooperative’s Board of Directors. The plan is for a new grain elevator to be located at the junction of Highway 63 and County Road E-29 east of Garwin. According to Mark Kistenmacher, General Manager of Mid Iowa Coop, “The facility will include high speed grain receiving of 30,000 bushels per hour, two 1,200 bushel grain pits, 10,000 bushel per hour grain dryer, grain storage in excess of three million and two grain scales to control traffic flow. The facility is scheduled to be completed by August, 15, 2012.” During the meeting patrons questions were answered by Mark Kistenmacher and Operations Manager Denny Hines. The bin foundation concrete is expected to begin immediately. The fill conveyor is to be supported by towers, so there will be no holding back on building the bins. Kistenmacher noted that this facility, “.... plans for future agriculture. This site is being built to accommodate growth...... the cooperative is owned by members and is being built for members.” Staffing will include two outside, one inside and an office manager. Tom Kemper has been hired as Location Manager. Plans are for the facility to run long hours during harvest. The Mid Iowa Coop site in Garwin suffered extensive damage in the July 11, 2011 storm. The equipment and bins left standing at that facility will be used for additional storage. An interesing fact is that all the damaged, unusable concrete from the Garwin site will be ground up and used in building a sub base at the new site.
Construction work at the Mid-Iowa Cooperative new facility building site has begun. The dirt is being moved and drives have been created. The weather has been cooperative for work at the site located at the corner of Highway 63 and County Road E 29, about five miles east of Garwin Photo by Margaret Thomsen