What They Needed
The brand-new retail facility in Cactus, TX, is one of the latest additions to Nutrien Ag’s global network of retailers that spans three continents. The company wanted to consolidate several smaller retail operations nearby into a larger, expanded facility that could better meet customer needs.
“Our big focus was on being able to turn trucks and equipment for our customers,” Martin Beauprez, construction manager at Nutrien Ag, says. “We wanted to improve efficiency and speed. If customers are waiting hours to get loaded, and they’re not in the field, it’s not good for our business or theirs.”
Beauprez says safety was also a big consideration. “We tried to engineer the hazards out; we build catwalks instead of ladders and stairs, for example,” he says.
What Stueve Created
The project was challenging from the start due to the extremely tight time frame. Beauprez says they had just eight months to go from an empty greenfield site to an operating facility.
“The design window was really compressed,” he says. “Usually Stueve just builds the dry fertilizer building, but in this case due to some other circumstances, they needed to be the general contractor for the whole project. The Stueve team never said no, and really worked hard to problem solve and make some of the issues that came up go away.”
The project included an office, a large warehouse for both packaged chemicals and fertilizer, a separate building for liquid load out fertilizer and bulk chemicals. Product comes in by rail and is loaded out onto trucks.
“The extra space and faster load out have given us access to more customers and more product,” Beauprez says. “We haven’t had a full season yet, and already the new facility is allowing our business to grow.”
Specs at a Glance
Dry fertilizer capacity: 3,500 tons
Load-in speed: 200 TPH
Load-out speed: 100 TPH