MINNEAPOLIS — A multi-million-dollar project to upgrade the Cargill grain facility in Gibbon, Neb., is under way. Once complete, the elevator will have access to an additional 2 million bus of upright grain storage space and an increased unload capacity of 65,000 bus per hour.
“The Gibbon area features high production, mostly irrigated farm ground that historically produced consistently high yields,” said Jim Reiff, Northwest commercial leader for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in North America. “We’re excited to expand our capabilities and improve service to growers in the area. In addition, the facility is on the Union Pacific mainline rail, connecting our growers to export markets in the U.S. Gulf, Pacific Northwest, and Mexico, and helping to meet the needs of key end user customers in California.”
The facility has eight full-time employees who handle corn, soybeans and wheat. The improvements, which will be complete by early 2019, are being done in phases, with no shutdowns planned throughout construction.
“These improvements are in line with our growth strategy and ensure we can continue to provide a competitive offering to Cargill customers,” said Dave Baudler, grain managing director for Cargill’s Agricultural Supply Chain in North America. “The upgrades in Gibbon will have a positive impact on both long and local supply chains. It will continue to enhance the service we can provide to key strategic customers and reinforces our goal of being a trusted partner for American farmers and a leader in U.S. grain and oilseeds.”
According to the 2017 Grain & Milling Annual, Cargill’s total North America grain storage capacity is 348,016,000 bus and a total of 197 grain storage facilities.The Gibbon location is one of 16 facilities Cargill operates across the state of Nebraska, where it has more than 3,800 employees.