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New Wells elevator planned

By Staff | Mar 29, 2011

WFS is replacing two elevators at its Wells site damaged by storms last June.

A $15 million-plus grain elevator proposed by WFS (Working for Farmers’ Success) in Faribault County isn’t going to impact the future of one facility in the county.

Although company officials have said no decision has been made if any existing facilities will be closed, reconstruction at their Wells site is currently under way.

Craig Kilian, grain division manager for WFS, says “a few million” will be spent to replace the elevators damaged by storms last June.

“There was significant damage, so we had to come up with a game plan to get Wells back in full service again,” he says.

That will involve replacing two wooden elevators and a steel bin.

Craig Kilian

Kilian says the renovation project also will mean new office space and scale area.

Work on bringing down the structures began about two weeks ago.

“When we started to demolish the west elevator we noticed the one to the east was old and in bad shape and should be replaced too,” he says.

Kilian says operations were shut down following last year’s harvest.

While the new elevators will have less capacity, there could be expansion if needed.

“There will be room for a third elevator. It’s a possibility, but not a guarantee,” he says.

The company’s goal is to have enough of the project completed by harvest time.

WFS, a farmer-owned cooperative with headquarters in Truman, operates 20 elevators that serve more than 4,000 producers in southern Minnesota and northern Iowa.