New grain elevator is operational for Saline County and surrounding area

Tuesday, November 5, 2013
The new grain elevator in Corder, west of Marshall on Highway 20.

A new grain elevator, which opened on Sept. 10 in Corder, west of Marshall, is operational and that's good news for growers in central Missouri.

The new elevator, owned and operated by Ray-Carroll County Grain Growers, Inc., is one of five shuttle elevators and uses three different rails ---- Kansas City Southern (KCS), Burlington Northern Santa Fe and Norfolk Southern. In addition to Ray and Carroll counties, Ray-Carroll serves a large area including Lafayette, Saline, Clay, Johnson, Pettis, Cooper, Howard and Chariton.

The new facility is more centrally located to better serve their customers and to possibly attract new ones, according to new location Manager Josh Riley. The facility should enhance Ray-Carroll's ability to help farmers reach both domestic and international markets. Additionally, Ray-Carroll markets over 40 million bushel per year to serve several foreign and domestic locations using rail, truck and barge transportation.

Riley came from Ray-Carroll's Slater location in April. He has been with the company for six years and is happy to be managing this location.

"I mainly just keep the operation going, check our space every day, fill out the paper work, load trains," Riley said. "I do a little bit of everything."

Riley said there was a great market area and the demand was there for a new elevator. And with the new technology and facility equipment, Riley believes the turn around time will be tremendous.

"We're a high capacity, high speed elevator," Riley said. "We can have trucks unloaded, to the scale and out the door in about seven minutes."

At this point, Riley said they're already about 50 percent done with corn and about 40 percent done with beans.

The new elevator can maintain a 1.4 million bushel capacity with 12 grain bins and can unload trucks at 60,000 bushel per hour. The facility also includes a 125-car rail built on the main rail line for KCS. Plans are on the horizon to add more storage space. This only adds to the high productivity of the elevator.

Ray-Carroll is federated co-op owned and controlled by 4,815 active members who conduct business with them. They are staffed with 137 full-time employees from surrounding areas.

At the Corder location, they have six initial full-time employees.

Vigen Construction, Grand Forks, N. D., was contracted for this project and has been the contractor for the last several Ray-Carroll projects.

Contact Kelly Melies at kmelies@marshallnews.com