What They Needed
CPI has been proudly serving customers since 1906 in central and south-central Nebraska and northern Kansas. To stay on the leading edge of technology and continue offering great value-added services for their clients, CPI has made a major investment in facilities, resources, people, and equipment. Company leaders knew they needed to build a facility that provided greater speed and accuracy and allowed future growth.
What We Designed
“Laremy Seelow [Vice President of Agronomy] and other CPI Team members reached out to us very early in the project and wanted to put together a game plan for designing a hub plant that will be operationally efficient, while focusing on speed and accuracy,” says Steve Anderson, Vice President of Sales & Marketing at Stueve. “CPI has the unique capability with this hub plant to use both the BNSF and UP Railroad lines for inbound unit train shipments and the economics that go with that.”
Stueve engineers designed a 7-bin macro product, 6-bin micro product, 43,390-ton facility. Many safeguards were designed, including stair solutions to the catwalk, micro bins, tower platform and into the pit areas. We also installed an in-floor heat system in the alleyway to help reduce the risk of wet and slippery floors. The benefits of this were improving loader and employee safety and helping to minimize product shrink conditions.
A Yargus 400-ton HPM blend tower was installed with twin 350-ton legs that feed the tower. Truck- and rail-receiving capacity is rated at 1,200 TPH. Kahler Automation designed an automated tripper laser and bin capacity sensor system. Other key features are a 40’ x 16’ “expanded” elevated control room, a 22’ x 80’ enclosed truck receiving area, and a 100’ x 16’ heated chemical storage area for chemical impregnation and enhancer product options. The building is designed for future expandability as the company’s business model changes.
“Our team toured many facilities — Stueve Buildings and others — to gather ideas on layouts, how to increase speed and accuracy in our operation, etc.” says Seelow. Meeting with Russ Buscher [Stueve VP of Engineering], Reynold Franklin [CEO], and Steve Anderson was very helpful in coming up with a design that made sense and addressed our needs. As a result, we developed a 43,390-ton dry fertilizer storage hub facility that will serve our company not only today but for many years to come.”
Specs at a Glance
Total Storage Capacity: 43,390 tons
Bin Design: Rodless
Bins: 7 macro product, 6 micro product
Double Catwalk System with crossover
Bin Area: 120’ x 414’
Micro Bin Area: 20’ x 120’
Alleyway: 50’ x 376’ with bi-fold doors
Enclosed Load Out: 140’ x 68’ with bi-fold doors
Enclosed Heated Chemical Warehouse: 100’ x 16’
Elevated Control Room: 40’ x 16’
Enclosed Truck Receiving: 80’ x 22’ with bi-fold doors
Ticket Shed: 24’ x 14’