Panhandle Coop nears completion in Alliance

Panhandle Coop is one step closer to expanding operation north of Alliance. The first phase of construction on their new five-million dollar facility located a mile northwest of Alliance near County Road 61 and Madison Road side is nearly complete. Construction is wrapping up on the liquid fertilizer plant and the crop production facility. Crop Production Division Manager Greg France says last week they will unloaded their first train.

The new crop production facility will have 12 thousand ton liquid fertilizer plant with the ability to unload 13 cars at one time. The facility will be able to unload a unit train of 65 railcars in 15 hours.

The new facility will store liquid fertilizer, off liquid blending and load out plant with four bays and a agricultural chemical storage warehouse, along with a shop and office. Panhandle Coop has moved all of their employees and equipment from the Berea office to this new facility.

Construction is nearly complete on the first phase of the project. Contractors are finishing plumbing, electrical and heating work. With a new larger facility, France says their Alliance facility has nine employees and growing. He says currently they have several job posting for an additional sales person, custom applicator and a couple more fertilizer technicians. He is also looking for a student intern for the summer.

The next step will be the building of phase two of the project. France says they are wanting to build a dry fertilizer plant along the railroad with construction beginning this fall.

With construction moving quickly and with some warmer and drier weather, France says they will be ready for spring field work and planting.

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