ECI Expansion to Increase Grain Processing Speed, Capacity

If time really is money, area farmers taking grain to market will soon have a little more cash in their pocket, thanks to an expansion currently underway at the La Porte City East Central Iowa (ECI) Coop. Ben Buie, Grain Division Manager, said the project is on schedule to be completed in early September, just in time for this Fall’s harvest.
When complete, ECI will have a Brock bin measuring 84 feet high and 105 feet in diameter, increasing their storage capacity by 650,000 bushels of corn. Along with the increased capacity comes faster processing, as the facility will replace a 4,000 bushel per hour leg with one that operates nearly four time faster, at 15,000 bushels per hour.
Other improvements include two Meridian loadout tanks that will hold 5,000 bushels each, a 1,000 bushel dump pit and a building covering the dump pits and loadout areas.
The number one benefit for farmers, Buie noted, will be the increased speed in the handling of their grain, as the new leg can feed not only the new bin, but also the four existing bins at the site that can store up to 700,000 bushels. Further enhancements could be forthcoming, as ECI looks to the future.
“We have designed this expansion to allow us further expansion in the future as well,” Buie added.
“We plan to add a second leg and second dump pit, as well as additional bins and rail loadout in the upcoming years.”