Panhandle Coop Expanding In Alliance

Panhandle Cooperative is expanding in Box Butte County. Strong sales has caused the area cooperative to outgrow their Berea location. The Panhandle Cooperative Association is announcing their purchase of 14.2 acres to build a new facility in Alliance.

In an interview with KNEB/Rural Radio Network, Crop Production Division Manager Greg France says construction will begin next week on the state of the art fertilizer plant.

Fertilizer from this plant will be distributed to their customers at other locations in the Nebraska Panhandle and Eastern Wyoming.

Spokesman Susan Wiedeman says that a huge increase in the company's agronomy business over the last three years in Box Butte County justifies the expansion.

Wiedeman says Panhandle Coop's seven-year-old Berea office, which employs 7 people, will be relocated to Alliance, which will employ up to 15 people.

In early May, the Alliance City Council approved two conditional use permits for Panhandle Coop to install two water wells at the site.

A groundbreaking ceremony is scheduled for Thursday, June 13, 10:30am northwest side of Alliance at County 61 and Madison Road. The first phase of the project is expected to be completed by September 1st.

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