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CHS building state-of-the-art grain facility in Drayton

CHS has begun constructing a new state-of-the-art grain facility in Drayton, North Dakota, which should be operational by spring 2022. The new concrete eight-pack facility will add receiving speed and an additional one million bushels of storage space to existing steel bins, replacing an old woodhouse elevator at the site.

“CHS continues to invest to expand customer-focused retail solutions for area farmers,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president of CHS ag retail operations. “Our operational footprint and assets are the strength of our retail platform and this important project delivers on our strategy to have safe, efficient assets in the right places to best serve our farmer-owners.”

Project details include adding one million bushels of upright concrete storage with four large 100,000-bushel bins on each side and interior bins between the eight circles. Two dump pits will be added, each with 25,000 bushel-per-hour (bph) receiving capacity. Once finished, the Drayton location will have a total of four dump pits with a combined 80,000 bph grain-receiving capacity. Total storage capacity of the updated facility will be 6.56 million bushels.

The facility will also create a safer environment for employees, farmers and community members through improved traffic patterns, cleaner operating conditions and updated equipment with enhanced safety features.

“Safety is an important focus for CHS as we put the well-being of our people, customers and communities first every day,” says Harold Weimer, who manages the CHS location in Drayton. “We are excited to see how this new facility brings that to life, directing truck traffic off of Highway 44 and adding the latest in safety features to keep our employees and customers safe.”

Once the new facility is finished, the old woodhouse elevator will be demolished. Vigen Construction out of Grand Forks, North Dakota, is overseeing this construction project.

Covid-19 Updates

As you are aware, the impact of the global pandemic caused by COVID-19 continues to rapidly evolve. Safety is a core value for CHS and includes a focus on the health and wellbeing of our employees, families, customers and owners, and the communities in which we live and work.

We understand that spring is here, and I want to emphasize; we’re still operating. We are simply adjusting some protocols. We have implemented the following changes effective Monday, March 23, until further notice: 

  • To protect our employees, customers and communities, we are implementing a four-day work week at our locations in Drayton, Manvel, Cavalier, Hensel and Glasson, North Dakota, and Kennedy, Minnesota. These locations will be closed every Friday until further notice.
  • When our offices are open, we are limiting access at all locations. We respectfully ask you to contact us through phone or email whenever possible. Some of our locations have enacted split shift schedules; staff that can work remotely, have been asked to do so and will be available via phone or e-mail.
  • If you need a grain check, please contact us and we will mail it promptly, deliver it to local bank for deposit or set up a pickup location outside of the office.
  • All visitors to our offices will be required to complete a questionnaire before entering our facilities. We are also asking all staff and visitors to adhere to the 6-foot distance recommended by the CDC to reduce virus spread.
  • We have restricted face-to-face meetings. Our sales staff will conduct business via phone, text or email. As a company that prides itself on the relationships we have built, this will be a difficult change. However, face-to-face meetings pose a greater risk for everyone involved. If you need to conduct critical business that requires an in-person meeting, please call for an appointment to confirm access to the facility and availability of staff.
  • For those customers or vendors delivering grain or picking up grain checks, we ask that you limit your time in the office to essential business. At some locations, we are asking drivers to remain in their cab. Please check our location policies or watch for information and direction upon arrival.

We will adjust our practices as necessary in the coming days, weeks or months. Please check our website for the latest updates. Rest assured, it is our commitment that we will continue to provide excellent service and support throughout this unprecedented time, even if we must do it differently. We value your business, your trust in CHS and appreciate your understanding during this time. We look forward to resuming normal interactions as soon as it is deemed safe to do so.

Join the fight against rural hunger

People in rural communities live surrounded by growing food, but they experience hunger too. That’s why CHS is once again teaming up with local farmers to fight hunger in rural America. The CHS Harvest for Hunger food, grain and fund drive begins March 1 and continues through March 20 at your nearest CHS location.

“We might never know that the neighbor across the road or down the drive struggles to put food on the table, but through our efforts this month, we can make sure those local food shelves can anonymously help those who need it most,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “For nine years now, our CHS employees and farmer-owners have stepped up during this annual campaign to help local and regional food shelves feed those in need.”

Since 2011, CHS has raised more than $5.6 million and 3.6 million pounds of food through its Country Operations business units. CHS locations across the United States have organized ways to get farmer, ranchers, employees and community members involved in fun and interactive ways to raise food and funds to fight hunger.

Financial donations are encouraged as they give food banks additional buying power to provide nutritious food at deeply discounted rates; $1 equals 6 pounds of food for area food banks. But food and grain donations are also accepted. Every donation counts.

“All the food, money and grain raised by CHS Harvest for Hunger goes directly back to local and regional food banks to help fill their shelves,” Dusek says. “This way, we can help those in need by ensuring those organizations dedicated to fighting rural hunger have the resources they need to make a real difference in people’s lives.”

Stop by or contact your nearest CHS location to learn how you can support CHS Harvest for Hunger.

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