- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 18, 2015

DUNKERTON, Iowa (AP) - The Dunkerton Cooperative Elevator is building a grain storage bin that could be the largest in the state with a 1.3 million-bushel capacity.

The structure, when complete, will be about 156 feet wide, 66 feet to the eve and 110 feet to the fill height, the Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier (https://bit.ly/1LiHJHU ) reported. The expansion is expected to finish when the first truckloads of corn roll in this fall.

“We do things on a larger scale now,” said Larry Block, who works in the co-op’s feed department. “I’ve been in this business for 45 years, and I’ve seen lots of changes, and you’re seeing a lot of these big buns going up.”

The storage facility is the second going up at the co-op in recent years. A bin with a capacity of nearly 700,000 bushels went up about two years ago.

Grain department manager Will Manweiler said the co-op works to stay ahead of its needs.

“I’d say we’re probably been on the leading edge of trying to update facilities and trying to move ahead,” he said. “We’ve got some existing dump areas that are a little slower and older facilities that need upgrading. You either pour money into that or you build a bin to kind of eventually replace those existing facilities.”

Manweiler said he wasn’t sure what the co-op was spending on the latest project. The new bin is being built with the help of Bart Brothers Construction of Dunkerton.

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Information from: Waterloo-Cedar Falls Courier, https://www.wcfcourier.com


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