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Elevator expansion nearing completion

By Staff | Jun 22, 2018

Bonnie Remmick/PCT Work continues on three new grain storage bins for the Farmers Union Elevator in Rugby.

The Rugby Farmers Union elevator is undergoing a multimillion dollar expansion, which is expected to be completed in time for accepting grain by mid September.

Vigen Construction is currently building three grain storage bins. When completed, each of the bins will be 144 feet tall, 65 feet in diameter and each will be able to hold 380,000 bushels. The project is expected to cost $5 million.

According to Manager Tim McKay, the elevator decided to build the bins in March 2017. Construction of the bins began in July of that year.

Shane Walker, the president of the Board of Directors for the elevator, said the construction has been going on night and day and is expected to finish by early fall. The existing grain elevators can hold 2.5 million bushels of grain and when the new one is finished will have increased capacity to over 3.5 million bushels.

The new elevator capacity will help the farmers of York, Willow City and Rugby get grain out faster.

“I see this expansion as nothing but positive,” Walker said. “It will get more grain out and sold faster.”

Work can be seen ongoing at 105 E. Dewey as the construction rolls toward the finish line. Walker apologized for the noise and said it would soon “be coming to an end.”

A neighbor couple across the street said “the noise is not too bad and it’s been fun watching the progress,” but, his wife was not in agreement.

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