Cargill expands rail service at Atchison elevator
by Eric Schroeder
ATCHISON, KAS. — Cargill announced that its Atchison facility located on the Union Pacific Railroad is now capable of loading 110 car shuttles, up from 75 car units previously.
“This upgrade will be very good for the area farmers, as the facility will now be able to access additional markets at competitive rates,” said Rob Nordmeyer, general manager for Cargill’s Twin Rivers Farm Service Group.
Cargill has owned the Atchison facility since 1999. The elevator purchases corn, soybeans, wheat and sorghum from local farmers. According to the Grain & Milling Annual 2012, the facility has daily capacity of 6,568,000 bus and loading capacity of 40,000 bus per hour.
Cargill said increasing the rail capacity will provide better access to markets on the West coast, in the Southwestern U.S., the Gulf, and Mexico.