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Garrison Elevator Expands


Agriculture is big business in North Dakota.
As farmers grow bigger, elevators have to work to keep up with the fast pace.
Ag Reporter Sarah Gustin shows you one elevator expansion in Garrison.

The landscape is changing in Garrison.
Especially alongside the tracks.
This is the new Garrison Farmers Union Elevator.
Chris Gratton manages the elevator. 
He says the expansion was long overdue.
(Chris Gratton / Elevator Manager) "It's all about speed. Farmers don't want to sit in line and we don't them to sit in line. Faster in, faster out, more productivity. It was needed and with the transition to corn and beans in the area, that is really pushing us to more storage and faster handle."
(Sarah Gustin / "One of the biggest improvements with the new facility is improving wait time. As you can see there are many trucks waiting in line here in Garrison to dump and Gratton says they will be able to handle grain about three times as fast as the new facility."
(Chris Gratton / Elevator Manager)  "We have two high speed dumps that we put in with it. We were capable of dumping about 20-thousand bushels per hour before this expansion and with this we will be able to dump about 60-thousand bushels an hour."
Construction started September 30th.
Less than 6 months later this six pack terminal is nearly complete.
And big projects like this are good news for the entire town.
(Chris Gratton / Elevator Manager) "The construction brings a lot of people to town which helps out the community, but with our growing trade area too we have a lot more traffic coming in from a lot further areas, helps out the local businesses."
Gratton says they tore down about 300-thousand bushels of storage to make room for this 580-thousand bushel storage unit.
In all the elevator will be able to hold 1.3 million bushels of grain.
(Chris Gratton / Elevator Manager)  "It's more useable, more turn able storage, we also put in a fast high speed load out for rail cars too, it will be about twice as fast as what we are doing today."
Working to keep up with an industry that doesn't slow down.

Gratton (Grot-in) says they're still taking grain during the construction phase.
He says construction is scheduled to be complete in May of 2014.


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