LAKE?CRYSTAL - On April 24, the Crystal Valley board of directors, contractors and members of the Hope Township board broke ground for a new grain terminal to be built outside of Hope in Steel County.
Ground work on the project is expected to begin on or about May 1, with a scheduled completion date of Aug. 1, 2014.
Plans for the facility include upright storage of 3.8 million bushels, temporary storage of 2.8 million bushels, receiving capacity of 60,000 bushels per hour by way of three 20,000 bushel per hour receiving pits, and rail load-out capacity of 80,000 bushels per hour. It will also include an 8,100-foot loop track and a 10,000-bushel per hour grain dryer.
Crystal Valley is a farmer-owned, full service cooperative with 145 full-time employees serving agricultural producers with agronomy, feed, grain, petroleum and propane products and services. Established in 1927, the company has eight locations serving Blue Earth, Brown, Le Sueur, Nicollet, Waseca, and Watonwan counties and the surrounding area in south central Minnesota.