The Great River Energy Station in Stanton has been up and running for 50 years, and today, it came down in less than 30 seconds.
Our Malique Rankin was there as the building came tumbling down.
After the economy took it’s toll on the Stanton Station, they were forced to close it’s doors and let the more than 60 employees go. The plant last generated electricity in February of 2017. Former employees, and people still with Great River Energy saw the building standing, for the final time.
Rick Lancaster; Vice President & Chief Generation Officer: “That’s the hardest part of this, saying good bye to good people, skilled people who worked here. Who don’t have a job anymore because of the economics of the business.”
The reason the energy company took this route for deconstruction? Safety.
Rick Lancaster; Vice President & Chief Generation Officer: “Well imploding is actually the safest way to do it. The charges were set yesterday and all the people were removed from the site.”
The goal is to turn the clock back on the land, restoring the native grasslands.
Rick Lancaster; Vice President & Chief Generation Officer: “The building, what’s primarily left is steel and concrete. The steel will be removed and sent to the scrap market. Concrete will be crushed up and used to fill the basement of the building.”
During the next 3 to 4 months, crews will sort, size, and ship scrap materials off-site.
The plot of land is for sale, Great River Energy says they don’t know what the future holds for the space.