The Scoular Company announced the proposed construction of a new shuttle-train-loading grain-handling facility with the Union Pacific Railroad at a greenfield site near Willis, KS.
“We’ve done extensive research and planning to find the right location for this project,” said Bob Ludington, Scoular’s Chief Operating Officer. “We’re pleased to have selected Willis given the combination of the area’s substantial crop production and our strong working relationship with Union Pacific.”
Construction of the grain-handling facility is scheduled to begin in the fall of 2012. When complete, the state-of-the art facility will feature high-speed truck unloading and grain drying capacity to benefit area farmers. The site will accommodate a loop track for up to 120 rail cars as well as Union Pacific shuttle loading/unloading capability for grains and fertilizer.
“Scoular’s new facility fits perfectly into our franchise, will stimulate the local economy, and bring national and world markets within reach,” said Paul Hammes, Union Pacific vice president and general manager – Agricultural Products. “We are very excited about the increased grain origination and corresponding outbound traffic this site affords, as well as the future opportunity to handle inbound unit trains of fertilizer via Union Pacific’s GroTrain service.”
The facility will be Scoular’s sixth shuttle train loader in the state of Kansas and a strategic investment in its North American network of more than 60 grain-handling facilities. Ludington added Scoular’s network will connect area farmers to opportunities in local, regional, national, and worldwide markets.
From more than 70 locations across North America, nearly 700 Scoular employees tailor risk-management solutions for its customers by buying, selling, storing, and transporting grain and ingredients for use in feed, food, and renewable fuel markets worldwide.