New grain-loading facility planned at Canton

A new grain-loading facility will be developed in Canton, with construction to begin this spring.

CHS Inc. and Mid-Kansas Cooperative are partners in the high-speed shuttle loading project, which will allow up to 110-car trains bound for export facilities to quickly be loaded with grain.

Constructed on the Union Pacific line, the shuttle will be able to load trains headed for the Pacific Northwest, the Gulf Coast and Mexico, according to a news release issued by the companies.

Construction is expected to take about a year, and the project will include on-site storage of more than 3 million bushels.

The facility, which is east of McPherson, will operate under a newly formed company that will become a member of Team Marketing Alliance, which will handle grain marketing services.

TMA is a limited liability company wholly owned by four central Kansas cooperatives: MKC; Cooperative Grain & Supply in Hillsboro; Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Halstead; and the Farmers Cooperative Elevator in Nickerson.