Marcus Construction Builds High-Speed Agronomy Center For Key Cooperative

Marcus Construction Builds High-Speed Agronomy Center For Key Cooperative

Key Cooperative in Grinnell, IA, wanted a state-of-the-art Agronomy Center to better serve its customers. Marcus Construction delivered exactly that.

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Both Key Cooperative and Marcus Construction emphasize building relationships with their customers. This focus made the vision pretty clear for both parties — Key Cooperative wanted a state-of-the-art Agronomy Center to better serve its customers and Marcus Construction wanted to make sure to deliver exactly that through the design-build of its dry fertilizer, chemical/seed warehouse, shop, office, and training center in Grinnell, IA.

“Members will immediately experience the benefits,” said Key Cooperative’s Operations Manager Boyd Brodie. “The new Agronomy Center will reduce the pressure on our other locations from day one.”

What They Needed

Key Cooperative’s goal was to develop a state-of-the-art, high speed Agronomy Center in Grinnell, IA, which would be centrally located in their trade territory. The new Agronomy Center had to encompass dry fertilizer and blending, crop protection and liquid fertilizer, seed warehouse and shop, an office and a training center. “Key Cooperative is committed to providing the best service to our member owners,” said Board President Bob Finch. “With an agronomy center like this, we can continue that mission.”

What We Designed

The project features a 21,000-ton dry fertilizer terminal and a centralized office warehouse with over 55,000 square feet of seed, crop protection, and liquid fertilizer storage. The dry plant’s 300-ton blend tower and weigh hoppers will provide for over 200 tons per hour output. The 1.65 million gallons of liquid fertilizer storage along with extensive automation will provide state-of-the-art loadout speed and capacity. There is also a liquid fertilizer auto-loading bay for 24/7 customer access. The seed warehouse, bulk handling, and treatment equipment will provide both speed and convenience to Grinnell and surrounding area customers. The office is designed with large areas for customer meetings and employee training.