What They Needed
“We originally started our business plan in 2012, and our goal for Town & Country was to be a viable resource of dry fertilizer for our patrons long into the future,” says General Manager Wes Burley.
To achieve this, Town & Country needed to build a facility with the speed, technology, and capacity to put it in a position to “buy right.”
“We needed a facility that could hold a season’s volume of fertilizer to ensure that we had the product when we needed it. When determining what size facility to build, we looked at what was being done in areas around us, and it was apparent that to remain competitive into the future, we needed the option of rail logistics pricing,” Burley says.
“We had met with multiple entities that specialized in the construction of mega-plant facilities and toured various sites to view the finished buildings. We leaned toward the Stueve facilities originally, based on the design and comments we heard from individuals running the newly constructed sites. Once we met with the Stueve personnel to discuss the project, we were very impressed at how they handled the process. We were shown the options we had available to us and met with the various machinery and automation vendors. The overall process from start to finish was very professional, and we are very pleased with the final results,” Burley says.
Specs at a Glance
Storage capacity: 23,830 tons
Number of bins: six macronutrient, five micronutrient
Bin area 1: 326 x 100 feet
Alleyway: 326 x 45-foot alleyway with:
(1) In-floor reclaim pit
(1) Future in-floor reclaim pit
Covered load-out shed: 77 x 100 feet
Rail and truck receiving: 600 TPH
Tower blend system: 250-ton tower with HIM mixer (by Sackett-Waconia)
Automation: Kahler Automation