CFE looks to expand in Bigelow

WORTHINGTON - Cooperative Farmers Elevator is in the midst of planning a 3 million bushel flat storage facility at their Bigelow location. CEO Rob Jacobs spoke with the  Nobles County Commissioners Tuesday, asking about potential abatements for the proposed $6 to $6.5 million facility.

Jacobs said they identified a need for grain storage, and realized Bigelow was a place that could service a general area. The current facility is showing some age, he said, so they are looking at repositioning the whole operation, building a new scale and offices. He said they are purchasing 15.5 acres of land from an adjoining land owner for future expansion.

The new facility should positively impact the area, Jacobs said, and make them more competitive in the market place. Power for the facility would come from Bigelow, he added, stating the city is very excited about the project.

County Administrator Tom Johnson suggested Jacobs work with Public Works Director Stephen Schnieder on driveway access, and the county will work on an agreement for abatement assistance.

Jacobs said they hope to break ground as soon as possible, if winter ever ends.

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