New grain loading station hosts tours, safety demonstration

In November 2011, The Andersons formally broke ground on a 3.8 million bushel capacity grain elevator east of Anselmo. At that time it was planned for the elevator to be operational in time for the 2012 harvest season, and that plan has been accomplished. Two events are coming up that offer an opportunity to visit the facility and meet the people who now call central Nebraska home. Grand Opening August 27, The Andersons will be hosting a grand opening beginning at 3 p.m. Governor Heineman will join Mike Anderson, CEO of The Andersons and offer his remarks at 4 p.m. Dinner will follow and everyone is invited. This project is the first elevator The Andersons has constructed in Nebraska and is the largest in Custer County. Located along the Burlington Northern Railroad mainline, the facility has both train and truck loading capabilities.Corn Growers Host Safety Tour August 29, the Corn Growers will host a tour of the new elevator. However, one of the main focuses of the Aug. 29 tour will be safety. Due to an increasing number of grain bin deaths, the emphasis of this tour will be on bin safety and entrapment. A live demonstration with a portable bin will be provided to show those who work around grain how dangerous flowing grain can be. The demonstration will include the rescue of a person who is trapped using a rescue kit. This demonstration will show how fast entrapment can happen and how impossible it is to free oneself. These kits are expensive and the corn growers were able to obtain funds due to the enormous generosity of the Andersons Inc., Farm Credit Services of America, Monsanto and Chief Industries to purchase three kits for donation to the Broken Bow, Loup City and Ord fire departments. “Due to the drought and long hours worked this summer we realize farmers are tired, so we will have a short but informational meeting Aug. 29. All farmers, their employees, elevator workers, FFA students, fire fighters, and anyone else who is interested are urged to attend. Farm wives are encouraged to make sure your family attends -as the purpose of this tour will be to save lives,” explains Guy Mills of the Corn Growers. The demonstration Aug. 29, begins at 6 p.m. followed by a meal at 6:45. The program will repeat at 7 p.m. for students in sports or anyone else who cannot make the earlier time. If you plan to attend, please call Nolan at 308-870-0170 so they can get an accurate meal count. The addition of these safety kits, which cost around $4,000 apiece, is a huge asset to the fire departments receiving them. The Andersons take safety at their facility very seriously. They believe the grain entrapment problem can be addressed through the use of appropriately designed and maintained storage facilities, proper grain storage practices, proper use of personal protective equipment, implementation of safe work practices and having in place effective emergency response capabilities. The Andersons applaud the sponsors who have made these safety kits available to the local fire departments, sharing in the goal of keeping everyone safe at harvest time and all the time.