New Grain Terminal Slated
by Matthew Weaver
Facility to allow loading of 100-car shuttle trains
A Pacific Northwest farmers cooperative will break ground this spring on a new grain terminal.
The McCoy grain terminal will enable the cooperative to load grain on 110-car shuttle trains operated by Burlington Northern, said Bill Newbry, CEO of Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative in Genesee, Idaho.
Newbry declined to comment on the size and cost of the project.
The terminal will be on State Route 271 between Rosalia and Oakesdale, Wash.
The company is working with Cooperative Agricultural Producers and NJS LLC. The project has been under way for two years, Newbry said.
The site is on a shortline railroad owned by the state of Washington that connects with the Burlington Northern mainline at Marshall, Wash. The company is currently using the short line to move product to Seattle, California and east to the Dakotas.
"This is a great opportunity for the growers in the Palouse area," Newbry said. "It's an alternate method of moving their grain products to the West Coast ports."
Newbry said the company intends to break ground as soon as the weather warms, ideally by April 1. Construction will take 12 to 14 months. "The emphasis behind this is to put more money into growers' pockets," he said. "We are owned by the farmers."
Pacific Northwest Farmers Cooperative
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