On July 11, 2011, as many of you may remember, a terrible wind storm swept through the area. Many things were damaged beyond repair, which created quite the mess for us all to clean up.
One of the many businesses damaged by this storm was the Tama-Benton Co-op. This called for some renovations at the co-op. Many of the grain bins were damaged, creating the need for new ones. The bins that are being replaced are the 10 bins that used to be off Wilson Street at the Evergreen site. Those 10 bins will be replaced by two large bins, which are located at the co-op's main office.
The bins will hold 250,000 bushels worth of grain each. Being able to have these bins on site will be a great thing for the community. Semis will no longer have to weigh-in at the office, then drive through town to the old bins off Wilson. They will be able to complete this all in one stop, right at the co-op.
The receiving leg, which carries the grain from the semis to the bins will also be upgraded. The old leg could receive 6,000 bushels per hour, the new leg will be able to receive 18,000 BPH.
Despite all of the rain, and unfavorable weather that we have had this spring, the project is nearly on schedule. With hopes to be completed by Old Iron Days, on July 26th. The bins may not be fully functional at that time, but the co-op would at least like to have an open house to showcase the improvements that day.
The improvement and construction can be seen nearly all over town. Whether you drive down Wilson, Estelle, Liberty or Talmage you will see changes resulting from the co-op's renovations. They are incredibly thankful to the community and residents of Dysart for their positive and overwhelming support during this process.