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Fortune 100 company opens ag center

December 24, 2015
| By Pat Evans |
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CHS Wayland
CHS operates agronomy facilities in Hamilton, Holland, Traverse City and Wayland. Courtesy CHS

A new full-service agronomy center is open south of Grand Rapids.

CHS announced this week it has opened its newest center in Wayland to join its Michigan centers in Hamilton, Holland and Traverse City. The new facility is located on Reno Drive, less than a mile from the U.S. 131 Wayland exit.

“Investing in agronomy facilities like this demonstrates our commitment to our farmer-owners in Michigan,” Wade Blowers, CHS Michigan assistant general manager, said in a press release. “This new facility enables us to meet our growers’ needs for increased demand for fertilizer, seed and crop protection products.”

The center has 18,000-ton dry fertilizer storage capacity, liquid fertilizer blending and distribution capabilities with 4.4 million gallons of storage, a 100-car rail loop and a 20,000-square-foot crop protection and seed service center.

The new facility also has the potential to integrate with the $2.8 billion investment CHS recently made in CF Industries Nitrogen LLC, Blowers said.

Blowers said the facility was designed for efficiency, as farmers often don’t have time to wait while products are loaded.

“Our team has been studying this project for quite some time,” he said. “The key to success was to build a facility that allows our farmers easy, cost-effective access to product inventories where the average loading time would take about 10 minutes.”

CHS is a Fortune 100 company that provides energy, crop nutrients, grain marketing services, animal feed, food, food ingredients and business solutions to farmers. It also operates refineries, pipelines and manufactures, markets and distributes Cenex brand fuels, lubricants, propane and renewable energy products.

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