Fertilizer Gateway Planned

The West Coast is getting a centralized dry fertilizer distribution facility.

Yara North America, Inc. has announced plans to build a bulk dry fertilizer storage and distribution facility at the Port of Stockton in California that will serve as the gateway to California and the West. The facility will consist of a new, state-of-the-art warehouse with a storage capacity of 80,000 tons of fertilizer, will be able to load a truck in less than 10 minutes, and will also utilize existing buildings on Rough and Ready Island at the port.

“There are few ports on the West Coast that can efficiently handle dry bulk fertilizers,” says Pete Valesares, president of Yara North America. “Stockton is ideal as a centrally located, inland port in one of the most important agricultural areas in North America. Our terminal — with its truck and rail capabilities — will help to connect not only California, but the Western states, to the rest of the world.”

Besides urea, ammonium sulfate, and sulfate of potash, Yara will distribute its portfolio of dry specialty fertilizers from the new warehouse. Yara has been distributing fertilizer to West Coast growers for more than 60 years. The Stockton facility is the next step in bringing the benefits of Yara’s premium offerings to the production of high-value crops through enhanced service for its dealer customers.

Construction on the terminal will begin as soon as all permits are in place. Completion is scheduled for the first quarter of 2009. Stueve Construction Co. of Algona, IA, has been selected to build and manage the project, which will also have the most advanced environmental protections for receiving, storing, and loading of dry fertilizer. The project will entail a total investment of $21 million.
 

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