Elevator boosts capacity
By MIKE CORN
VICTORIA -- There's a new grain elevator in town.
It just happens to be located in the same spot and it looks just like the old one, although the blue on the web of piping used to move grain is brighter.
That's because the new United Ag elevator is actually little more than an upgrade from the old one, complete with a new bin and grain-handling equipment.
But it's a significant upgrade, according to branch manager Jason Robben.
"Everything was 30 years old," he said.
Crews from Gypsum-based Frisbie Construction have been working on the elevator for months now, often climbing up and down a series of ladders to reach its highest point.
Robben said Frisbie installed a bigger leg, an integral part of any elevator, and this one will be able to move more grain.
The old leg could move approximately 9,000 bushels an hour; the new one will move 15,000 bushels an hour.
"Since the leg is bigger, all the spouts need to be bigger," he said of the pipes used to move grain.
Frisbie also put up a new steel grain bin, one capable of holding 298,000 bushels.
"We went from having 470,000 (capacity) right here to almost 770,000," Robben said.
With all the work, there hasn't been much grain moving in or out of the Victoria elevator since the wheat harvest.
While Robben was hoping the project would be wrapped up by the first of September, he's ready to use the all-but-new grain elevator this fall when farmers start bringing in corn and milo.