Paulsen Helps Wheat Growers Break Ground for New Facility at Kennebec

October 21, 2014

The shovels were ready and a crowd of over 100 people gathered as Wheat Growers officially broke ground for a state-of-the-art shuttle loader grain handling, fertilizer and agronomy facility in Kennebec, South Dakota. The facility will be located along the soon-to-be rehabilitated line that is part of the state of South Dakota’s expansion of heavy-rail service from Chamberlain to Presho.

The groundbreaking program featured speeches from U.S. Senator John Thune, South Dakota Secretary of Agriculture Lucas Lentsch, representatives of Rails to the Future, Wheat Growers Board President Hal Clemensen and Wheat Growers CEO Dale Locken. Attending the groundbreaking for Paulsen were Marcus Squier, Mark Smither, Jenny Kay and Bryan Bjerke. The Paulsen video crew filmed this report on the event.

Now that the first shovels of dirt have been turned, dirt work and construction will continue through this fall with the goal of having the agronomy facility ready for business by the winter of 2015/2016 and the grain handling facility completed in time for harvest 2016.

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