Flint Hills beefs up corn storage at 3 Iowa plants

By Susanne Retka Schill | June 10, 2016

Flint Hills Resources is adding corn storage capacity to two of its Iowa plants and improving its grain receiving facility at a third, with completion expected in time for the fall harvest.

The ethanol producer is adding nearly 5 million bushels of corn storage at its Arthur and Shell Rock, Iowa, plants. The new ground piles will more than double the Shell Rock plant’s onsite corn storage and increase the Arthur plant’s capacity by more than 40 percent.

Currently, the Arthur plant has 5.6 million bushels of storage and the Shell Rock plant has 2 million bushels of storage, according to the company news release. The new ground piles will add nearly 2.4 million bushels of storage at each plant. The ground piles also will have dedicated receiving pits increasing each plant’s unloading capability at harvest, which will shorten wait times. Flint Hills Resources is investing near$7 million in the storage expansion projects.

 Construction will begin soon on improvements to the grain receiving capabilities at the Iowa Falls plant. . The improvements will include a new grain receiving pit and material handling upgrades which will more than double the plant’s receiving speed while cutting truck turn times in half.

 “We are excited to be making these investments in our plant,” said Matt Hamburg, plant manager at Flint Hills Resources Iowa Falls. “At Flint Hills, we strive to create value for our customers, and we hope these improvements will enhance our customers’ experience while on our site.”

Flint Hills Resources is currently hiring for open positons available at its seven ethanol facilities, including Iowa plants in Arthur, Fairbank, Menlo, Shell Rock and Iowa Falls, Fairmont, Nebraska, and Camilla, Georgia, and its regional offices in Ames, Iowa. The plants have a combined annual capacity of 820 MMgy.