Construction Ramps Up on Shuttle-Loader Facility
After a wetter than normal summer, construction is well underway on the new shuttle-loader just outside Hamilton, Mo. The grain-handling facility, a joint venture between MFA Incorporated and MFA Oil Company, will consist of 2 million bushels of permanent storage and 1.5 million bushels of temporary storage.
The site will be connected to the Union Pacific Railroad with approximately 13,500 feet of track. The facility will be able to load 110 rail cars in under 15 hours, filling them at 60 bushels per hour. At those speeds, MFA Inc. officials estimate trains could be loaded in less than eight hours and sent on their way to domestic customers and international export markets.
The new facility will significantly improve the transportation infrastructure for farmers in north central Missouri and southern Iowa, allowing for fast, convenient crop delivery at a modern, high-speed grain facility.