CVA to construct new grain bins in Akron

Posted June 9, 2016 at 5:00 am

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By Eden Hemmingsen

Akron’s current skyline is about to be altered as Central Valley Ag and Landmarc Construction progress further in the construction of a more efficient grain elevator.

“Basically we were looking at adding some storage,” said Central Valley Ag Grain Operations Manager Stanley Kallhoff. “We wanted to update the facility to get more speed for harvest time.”

Kallhoff added the new addition will benefit not only Central Valley Ag’s customers, but it will improve traffic through town during harvest time.

“We will still use the bins we have now,” Kallhoff said. “The new ones are located south of the bunker we have now, by the (railroad) tracks.”

The two 600,000-bushel storage bins are being built by Landmarc Construction with about 50-60 people working on the project over the course of the summer.

“They want to make their facilities more efficient for harvest time,” Marc Landeen, owner of Landmarc Construction, said. “They really just wanted to update what they have. They want to make themselves more efficient and their customers more efficient.”

Each bin, when full, will weigh approximately 38 million lbs., Landeen said.

“The foundation has to be really deep but the bins shouldn’t settle more than about a quarter of an inch,” he added. “Both bins will have a zero entry sweep, which means you control it from outside the bins and it goes on a track to empty them.”

There will be a receiving pit to dump both hoppers of a semi into the pit that will hold 1,200-bushels, and there will be a conveyor belt that will feed the existing concrete bunker from the new system, Landeen said.

“Each bin will be able to store corn up to 17 – 18 percent moisture. The receiving leg will be 15,000 bushels per hour,” Landeen said.

This is the third year that Landmarc Construction has been operating since Landeen bought a different company, National Builders Inc.

“We work probably in about a 200-mile radius of Hawarden but we also sell stuff (grain bunkers) kind of all over the country.”

“This is a large project for us. We’ve done some bigger, and many smaller but this is one of our major projects,” he added.

Landeen said they plan on having the project finished by this year’s harvest.

“This is pretty normal for us; this is what I do,” Kallhoff said. “Adding a little more storage will make things a little bit easier for our customers and community.”

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