ST. PAUL, MINN. — CHS Inc. has reached agreement with local grain partners to build shuttle train loading elevators in Montana, Nebraska and North Dakota, with completions estimated over the next 12 to 18 months.

“The CHS commitment to growers includes endeavors like this where we reinvest back into our communities,” said John McEnroe, senior vice-president of the Country Operations division of CHS. “With new or updated facilities, producers in these communities not only get faster service when they need to move their grain, but they will also benefit from increased market access, particularly to export customers served out of the Pacific Northwest. It’s a very tangible way CHS returns value to its member-owners.”

The agreements in place are with Farmers Union Elevator Co., New Salem, N.D.; All Points Cooperative, Gothenburg, Neb.; Farmers Cooperative Grain Co., Merna, Neb.; and the CHS Agri-Service Center, Holdrege, Neb. In addition, CHS has expansion plans to accommodate 110-car trains at its Kershaw, Mont., location as well as its facility in Lakota, N.D., operating under Lake Region Grain.

All facilities will be located on a Burlington Northern Santa Fe rail line, and first construction may start as early as May 2011.