The Langdon Terminal of CHS, the largest cooperative in the United States, officially started taking commodities on July 8, and since then producers have utilized the new elevator to dump their spring wheat so much so that the elevator is almost full and will be dumping into train cars next week.
Posted on 8/2/14
Tom Lehar, General Manager of CHS for the 12 communities in region, said, “I am happy this is operating in time for harvest.”
The Langdon Terminal will be able to dump into 110 train cars at a time with the new efficient shuttle terminal. The train will make a u-turn where it will leave the original track in order to hook up to a track that will take it into the terminal. Once the train is brought into the terminal, employees at the terminal will then take over the movement of the train moving it forward as it fills each car. Once the 110-shuttle train is filled it will circle back and then connect back to the original track where the commodity will be transported to its final destination.
The new terminal is both a fast-speed facility and a high volume facility, a terminal that both Lehar and Ron Borgen, Langdon station manager, said the customers in the area deserve.
Lehar said the new terminal is because of the loyalty of their long-time customers who have supported CHS through the years along with the landowners who sold their properties for this project and the neighbors of the terminal who have been supportive of the construction and development of the terminal.
Lehar, along with terminal manager Josh Roppel, said that Vegen Construction and Hope Electric did a great job with the construction of the terminal and ensuring the terminal will be both fast and efficient for producers in the area.
The terminal was constructed in such a way, Roppel and Lehar said, that it can take any commodity including corn.
While the groundbreaking of this project started last spring, the planning went on a long time before that. Borgen said besides the customer loyalty the dedication of the Langdon employees help to show why Langdon deserved a 110 car shuttle terminal.
“I’m excited to enter a new phase of operations with a 110 car terminal as it has been a long time needed,” Borgen said.
With a new terminal Lehar said it will help to take pressure of the Milton facility and spreads the workload between the two elevators in Langdon. Calvin’s elevator also was updated to make it a 100 car shuttle terminal that will utilize a branch of Canadian Pacific rail line.
Borgen agrees, adding the older terminal will still be used by producers and with both facilities, producers will be able to have maximum efficiently as the two plants work concurrently holding a crowded two million bushels of commodities. The capacity of the two elevators in Langdon will bring a lot of storage for area producers.
“Even though we can store 2 million crowded bushels, we are going to be dependent on the movement of the trains, Borgen said, “We are dependent on the cars from the train.”
Because of the new terminal and the amount of storage available, CHS has already ordered railcars for pick up and transfer of commodities, but because of the use of railcars in the Bakken, it is up to the railroad to ensure railcars arrive for pickup on time.
Employees at both elevators will be interchanged at each station with the older terminal being used for canola, speciality crops and soybeans.
The new terminal has smoothly taken in its first of many commodities and the older elevator continues to provide an important service along giving customers of the Langdon elevators speed, storage and efficientcy, necessities for the 21st Century producers.