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Burns elevator gets upgrades

Staff writer

The grain storage capacity at the Mid-Kansas Cooperative elevator at Burns will double under current plans to upgrade the facility.

According to Eric Lange, director of operations of the southern division of the co-op, the present capacity of approximately 750,000 bushels (including temporary storage) will increase by 850,000 bushels with the addition of three new steel bins.

In addition, two grain elevator legs, new conveying equipment, and two grain unloading pits will be installed. Several old grain bins and an old pit will be removed.

When the project is completed, the elevator will have a receiving capacity of 25,000 bushels per hour.

John Schmidt is the manager at the Burns facility. He said he hopes the project will be completed by mid-June, in time for wheat harvest.

“We’re proud to support that area and its community,” Lange said. “It is our goal to revitalize the infrastructure at all our facilities.”

Mid-Kansas Cooperative has 38 locations in central Kansas including Burns, Florence, Peabody, and Goessel in Marion County. Its headquarters are in Moundridge.

Last modified Feb. 24, 2011

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