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Scoular invests in Kansas grain handling facilities to boost speed and space

To boost unloading speeds and expand storage capacity for farmers, two Scoular grain handling facilities in Kansas have received major upgrades.

Substantial investments have been made in the Coolidge facility in western Kansas and the Pratt facility in south central Kansas. Increased production of white wheat in the southwest part of the state helped drive the investment in the Coolidge facility. An increase in yield and robust demand for corn, wheat, and other grains drove the upgrades at both facilities. For example, in the past decade wheat yields have averaged 43 bushels per acre, a 10% increase from the decade prior. A driving factor for this increase is improved seed genetics. 

“The upgrades demonstrate our commitment to improving speed, space and efficiency for customers and we are proud we can serve them even better, especially during the busy harvest time,” says Ron Bingham, Scoular Senior Vice President and Grain Division Manager based in Overland Park. 

The upgrades at the Pratt facility include: 

  • expanding total storage capacity to 5.5 million bushels. 
  • boosting grain unloading speed by 30% with an additional high-speed receiving leg. 
  • adding a third grain receiving pit, boosting unloading speed and efficiency. 
  • enabling the facility to continue to efficiently provide feedstock to partner Pratt Energy for ethanol production, while growing the facility’s overall capabilities. 

Upgrades at the Coolidge facility include:

  • expanding total storage capacity to 6.5 million bushels. 
  • boosting grain unloading speed by 30% with an additional high-speed receiving leg. 
  • adding a fifth grain receiving pit, boosting unloading speed and efficiency. 

Both facilities are strategically located on railroad mainlines, providing customers with efficient access to regional, domestic, and export markets. Earlier this summer major improvements were completed at Scoular’s facility in Adrian, Missouri. 

All three facilities are part of the company’s Midwestern grain handling network that includes over 50 locations in Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado and Nebraska.  

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