- Associated Press - Tuesday, August 2, 2016

BRITTON, S.D. (AP) - A $32 million grain terminal that has been in the works for more than a decade has opened for business at Britton.

A grand opening celebration was held Monday for the Wheaton Dumont Britton Grain Terminal, with Gov. Dennis Daugaard on hand.

Elevator officials talked about a new terminal for years but construction of the facility didn’t begin until April 2015, a few months after Daugaard announced $11.5 million in upgrades to the state-owned rail line serving the elevator.

“This day has been a long time coming,” said elevator board member Vaughan Maudal.

The rail line upgrades, which should be complete this month, were necessary to accommodate larger, faster trains. The state decided to fund the improvements because “agriculture is the foundation of South Dakota’s economy,” Daugaard said Monday.

The new terminal can hold up to 7 million bushels of grain and is capable of loading 120-car trains. Since it is on a state-owned rail line, it will be serviced by both Canadian Pacific Railway and BNSF Railway.

“The weakness that plagued us from the very beginning may ultimately lead to the terminal’s greatest strength,” General Manager Philip Deal said.

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