Diversity Enables Greystone Construction To Meet Retailers’ Needs

Greystone Construction helped three ag retailers — CPS Big Lake, Pinnacle Agriculture in Highmore, SD, and CHS Border States — meet their unique needs with three different types of construction: Wood/concrete, tension fabric membrane, and steel.

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Crop Production Services, Big Lake, MN

What They Needed

“CPS Big Lake was operating two smaller plants for many years. One was in downtown Big Lake in a residential area which was tough to get trucks and applicators in and out of, as well as keep the neighbors happy with the commotion during a typical spring season. The other one is at our current location, but we were outgrowing it at a rate too rapid for either plant to keep up with. It was also in need of a major equipment upgrade. Our output on both plants combined was less than half of what our new plant is about to produce. With growers continually getting larger and more progressive, the need to increase productivity was very evident in order to be able to keep in front of our growers, when they need us the most. Having one plant to manage is much more efficient in inventory management, dispatching and labor costs. All those factors were key in making the decision to construct the new plant at our main Big Lake location.” — Andy Oeding, Location Manager

Pinnacle Agriculture, Highmore, SD

What They Needed

Pinnacle Agriculture and its Performance Agriculture division realized their farmer-customers in the Highmore, SD, area had a growing need for faster, high-quality fertilizer blending. “We selected a facility design to meet future demands which included the fastest equipment on the market — the declining weight blend system,” says Lane Mielke, Area Operations Manager. “We required a quality building solution that could go up quickly in the dead of winter and be ready for business by May 1. Kudos to Greystone for making that happen.” Site work began December 10, 2015, with building construction in early January 2016. When asked how their first spring season operations are going, Lane says: “The facility design has met expectations. We have a sound building with sufficient storage and the speed we need to keep up with the needs of our farmer-customers.”

CHS Border States, Clinton, MN

What They Needed

“In order to keep up with the fast pace in which today’s farmers plant in the spring, we knew that our retail facility needed to gain storage, speed and efficiency. Most days during the spring planting season, the products are going out of our facility faster than we can bring them in, so it has become a necessity to increase the amount of storage we have as well as the speed in which we can load it out. In our rural communities, we also have a very limited population to draw from to staff our facilities so we also needed to make this a very efficient facility to operate. With our Kahler automation system, we can perform any operation in this building with one person.” — Jared Nordly, Agronomy Manager

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