Marawood Construction was poring concrete for a pad for the new grain storage facilities in Elmwood. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
Marawood Construction was poring concrete for a pad for the new grain storage facilities in Elmwood. Photo by Paul J. Seeling
ELMWOOD, WI - Countryside Cooperative continues to invest in their grain facilities in Elmwood. Construction started for a new 430, 000 bushel capacity corn storage bin along with a 50,000 bushel wet corn storage bin and grain dryer started on April 13, 2013.

This $2.9 million investment by Countryside Cooperative is changing the skyline in the NE corner of the Village of Elmwood as the new GSI 40-series 90' diameter bin with a new roof design raises to 97 feet tall able to store 430,000 bushels of corn. Two 10,000 bushel per hour elevator legs that will stand 150' feet tall as well as the 18' diameter, and 109' feet tall 4700 bushel per hour gas fired grain dryer are also being added. The old elevator leg was moved from the new corn site to the soybeans site to increase the receiving speed at the soybean site.

Along with the bins and dryer construction a new dump pit has also been constructed.

Countryside Cooperative Grain Supervisor Traci Gunderson is the Project Manager who is overseeing the construction for the company owned facility with cooperative membership.

Gunderson said, "There was a need for more storage with increased receiving and drying capacity in Elmwood."

The new bins on the East side of the Coop property will be for corn while the existing bins on the West side are for soybeans with smaller bins for oats.

This facility serves producers in approximately a 20 to 30 mile radius. The company also has similar facilities in Durand where the company is headquartered and in Baldwin, Mondovi, Osseo and Fall Creek, Wisconsin.

The construction is on schedule and is due to be complete in July ready for the 2013 grain harvest.