|A pre-cast concrete tunnel containing a conveyor system will run from the new 680,000-bushel storage tank,
under the new loading track to the existing
concrete storage tanks. The conveyor will run in forward and reverse.
FC hopes the tunnel will be completed this fall. Construction will also include a
15,000-bushel per hour leg to fill the new bin, a new rail scale geared with a 50,000-bushel per hour leg, a sample shed and control room, a fall- protection system
(to ensure safety of employees loading trains) and removal of the current loading track. The
estimated total cost for the FC expansion and renovation is $4 million.
FC has also installed a
computerized CompuWeigh Grain Management System scale interface, which greatly reduces paperwork, improves efficiency of weighing and grading grain and enhances the ability to track grain lots through the house and from producer to end
user. This ability to track grain is a requirement of American Institute of Baking (AIB)
Quality Management System project now in use at Odebolt. FC-Odebolt recently became only the second grain handling facility to
achieve a passing score on the AIB Quality Management System Evaluation.
A section of the concrete tunnel is lowered into place
Photo by Deb Loger, Ida Grove Courier