WATERMAN, Ill. — Conserv FS has announced a large expansion project for their Waterman Facility. A recent groundbreaking event with local agricultural and community representatives celebrated the expansion and what it will do for the community.
This expansion includes a new 7,500-ton dry fertilizer building equipped with a 24-ton blender and a NTEP certified Auto-Batch blending system. This new building will have the capacity to load 8 semi-trucks per hour.
Also included in this project is 1.3 million gallons of liquid fertilizer storage integrated with a crop protection mixing facility and warehouse. This new liquid facility will be equipped with three load bays providing both top and bottom load options with “hot-load” capabilities.
Also included will be a 24/7 unattended bay for after-hours availability of nitrogen solution loads with nitrogen stabilizers. Each of these bays can easily fill 6 semi-loads per hour (18 semi-loads total/hour for the facility).
In addition to these, the expansion will feature 72,000 gallons of bulk crop protection product storage contained in this facility and ample mini-bulk and package good storage that will provide tremendous flexibility and capacity.
Both the dry fertilizer and the liquid facility will contain automated systems integrated with ordering, operations, and accounting software providing a greatly streamlined processes and improved flow of information to the customer.
“The loading speed of this updated facility will be up to 5 times faster than the existing facility. Allowing us to service our customers at an increased pace while lowering our daily operating expenses through improved efficiencies,” said Adam Day, Agronomy Marketing and Sales Manager at Conserv FS. “Storage capacities will allow for us to effectively handle customers in-season needs and keep them moving efficiently.”
All inbound and outbound loading will be done indoors for ease of operation and environmental awareness.
“These state-of-the-art facilities are built with safety and the environment being foremost in our thoughts, while at the same time providing an outstanding customer experience to our patrons, gaining them valuable time during peak-season operations,” said Jeff Kimmel, Facility Projects Manager at Conserv FS.
The construction is being conducted by Greystone Construction and is predicted to be completed before the end of the year.
“At Conserv FS we are committed to serving the farmers of today while planning for the future and the needs of the next generation of farmers. This large project at our Waterman facility demonstrates our commitment to the future of agriculture in our territory,” said Dave Swigart, General Manager of Conserv FS. “We’ve been serving agriculture for nearly 100 years and this project is an example of our commitment to serve the farmer of the future.”
About Conserv FS
Incorporated in 1928, Conserv FS is an agricultural cooperative, owned and democratically controlled by its members. They offer a wider variety of agronomy, energy and turf services and products. Their products and services are backed by sound recommendations that will help your business thrive. Always professional and dependable, Conserv FS Specialists are trusted advisers who understand your local needs.
Conserv FS is a member of the GROWMARK System, an agricultural cooperative serving almost 400,000 customers across North America, providing agronomy, energy, facility engineering and construction, and logistics products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services. Headquartered in Bloomington, Illinois, GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by member cooperatives. GROWMARK also owns and operates SEEDWAY, the largest full-line seed company in the United States. More information is available at growmark.com.
— Conserv FS
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