Company adding grain bin at SEMO Port

Monday, June 6, 2011

Midwest Grain and Barge Co. and First Missouri Terminals Corp. of Cape Girardeau is expanding its grain storage facility at SEMO Port.

Construction is underway on a new 120,000-bushel grain bin, which will more than double the current storage capacity, according to Matt Zimmerman, general manager of Midwest Grain and Barge.

"This new bin will allow us to serve our grain producers even better by providing them faster weighing and unloading of their crops," he said. "Reducing their time at the elevator allows them to keep their combines rolling."

Agri-Systems of Cape and Jackson Inc. and Bruce Martin Construction Inc. are contractors on the project.

The storage bin is expected to be completed in time for the local wheat harvest.

Midwest Grain and Barge began operations in 1998 and is a tenant of First Missouri Terminals Corp. at SEMO Port. It is a locally owned and operated grain merchandiser of corn, soybeans, wheat and specialty grains.

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Southeast Missourian business reporter Melissa Miller may be contacted at 388-3646 or mmiller@semissourian.com.

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