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Farmers Win Coop growing strong

Mon, Mar 21st, 2016
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

The Mabel site of Farmer’s Win Coop recently expanded, adding a new pit, dryer and storage. Photos by Barb Jeffers

The Farmers Win Coop location in Mabel, Minn., is a product of growth and expansion over the years and last summer the location saw another big improvement.

Since August of 2014, when a merger between Winneshiek Coop and Fredericksburg Farmers Coop took place and became Farmers Win Coop, the plans for expansion began. “We knew we had to expand,” says location manager Camilla Lee.

Lee explains, “We had thrown around a few ideas on expanding the current dump pits onsite, but when you looked at the cost of restructuring the existing site, plus the down time of facility, it was obvious that the best solution to meet the needs of the patrons was to purchase additional land and build an entirely separate structure,” she says.

Building a separate structure “would give us the ability to continue with daily operations. We could accept and ship grain from the facility without interrupting the construction process and in turn the construction process would not interrupt the ability of our customers to access all the services we currently offer,” states Lee.

In the fall of 2014 “we started bean harvest October 6 and corn harvest around October 19, the corn dryer ran 24 hours a day. By October 29 we were transferring wet corn to our other locations to stay ahead of the farmers. By November 8, we had lost the battle and had to close at 3:30 and from that day forward we were at the mercy of the bin capacity: when the bins were full, we had to shut down until we were able to ship out again,” says Lee.

According to Lee, this is a process “we had done the prior two years, assuring us expanding the current 1.3 million bushels facility was necessary” to keep up with demand.

The Coop purchased 4.75 acres to construct the new 14,000 bushels per hour receiving pit and leg, 4,700 bushels per hour dryer and an additional 1.2 million bushels of storage.

In January 2015, the board of directors approved the construction plans and awarded Phillips Modern Ag of New Hampton, Iowa as general contractor and millwright on the project. Building materials started to arrive in March and Gjere Construction of Mabel began excavation in April.

Lee states, “Construction continued all summer” until “the first load of corn was dumped in the new pit on October 7 - right on time” with the scheduled completion.

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Mabel-Canton’s Justin Ward Saddles 26th Place in National Competition

By Mitchell Walbridge

Fri, Aug 2nd, 2013
Posted in Mabel Agriculture

By Mitchell Walbridge If you didn’t get enough of the rodeo or bull riding at the Fillmore County Fair a few weeks ago, you could probably talk to Mabel-Canton High School senior Justin Ward, the son of Doug and Traci Ward. Ward has been particip ..... 
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