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ALCIVIA breaks ground on grain terminal in Hager City, Wisconsin

The new rail loading grain terminal to enhance market access and utility for producers in west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota.

Single Spade Groundbreaking Pixabay Patrick Sommer
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ALCIVIA, a member-owned agricultural and energy cooperative, is set to transform the landscape of grain and fertilizer logistics with its latest venture. The company has officially announced the acquisition of 40 acres and over 21,000 linear feet of Class I BNSF track in Hager City, Wisconsin, marking the site for a cutting-edge rail loading grain terminal.

The ambitious project aims to provide producers in west central Wisconsin and southeast Minnesota with advanced grain terminal assets. In addition to the grain facility, ALCIVIA has outlined plans for a comprehensive infrastructure that includes a 24-hour unattended, two-bay loading terminal for liquid fertilizer, a dry fertilizer transload, rail liquid propane unload, and storage.

ALCIVIA's CEO and President, Jim Dell, expressed enthusiasm for the project, stating, "It is our mission to advance our customers through innovative and responsible solutions. This new site will provide tremendous value to our members by offering state-of-the-art speed, space, and market access and utility. We are thrilled to be adding additional domestic and export market access that will have a positive impact on ALCIVIA members across our territory."

The new grain facility is set to feature upright grain storage space for an impressive 3.9 million bushels. The facility will be equipped with two 4,700-bushel per hour grain dryers and three 1,500-bushel capacity dump pits, facilitating a combined handling speed of 60,000 bushels per hour.

Once operational, ALCIVIA will boast three shuttle loading facilities strategically positioned on three different Class I railroads, including BNSF, UP, and CP. The cooperative will also have access to the Mississippi and Illinois Rivers, enhancing logistics to domestic corn ethanol plants and soybean crush plants. This strategic positioning ensures highly desirable domestic and export market access and arbitrage opportunities.

Demolition at the site is scheduled to commence this month, with the groundbreaking ceremony planned for later this winter. ALCIVIA has set an ambitious target for project completion by March 2025.

Jim Dell highlighted the cooperative's commitment to innovation, stating, "This new site will provide tremendous value to our members by offering state-of-the-art speed, space, and market access and utility."

The Hager City expansion project is part of ALCIVIA's broader initiative to strengthen its core offerings and cater to the evolving needs of its patrons. Over the last three years, including the investment in Hager City, ALCIVIA will have invested $86 million in capital spending and an additional $9.5 million for five strategic acquisitions. During this period, the cooperative has returned over $13 million in cash to its members.

ALCIVIA, headquartered in Wisconsin, serves farm, business, and retail customers across Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois, and Iowa. The cooperative's engaged employees provide innovative, responsible solutions in agronomy, animal nutrition, energy, and grain, aligning with their vision for a future without boundaries. The Hager City expansion marks a significant step toward realizing this vision, offering enhanced facilities and services to the cooperative's diverse customer base.

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