March 09, 2015

09/03/2015: Coshocton Grain's US$10M rebuild to begin next month

Its absence from the grain market will be for only one season, but the effect has been palpable amongst hundreds of farmers as the Coshocton Grain Co. rebounds after an August explosion, The Coshocton Tribune reports.

But after a grain dust explosion and fire that left seven injured and destroyed three silos, the company, one of the largest in Ohio, USA, continues to rebuild and even improve the 67-year-old site.

If all goes well, and Coshocton Grain officials are sure it will, the Browns Lane site will once again be running at full capacity by October.

"We don't have a question in our mind," CEO Rhoda Crown said.

In late January, Coshocton Grain contracted Eslich Wrecking Co. for US$600,000 to begin demolishing the damaged silos and grain-handling equipment. After insurance and weather-related delays, the Louisville, Ohio-based wrecking service began working January 29 and is expected to be done with the demolition by mid-May, said Ken Rankin, project manager at Eslich.

Building could start in April on the 13-acre site. The project, expected to take five months, is bid at US$10.5 million, Crown said. Napoleon-based Custom Agri Systems won the bid in February.


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