LOAD ‘EM UP, HAUL ‘EM OUT — A truck waits with a bin, ready to be installed at Gramco Inc.’s plant on Waverly Street in Springville. Photos by Lizz Schumer.
SPRINGVILLE — Big rigs were lined up down the driveway, winding toward Gramco Inc. this week, waiting to install five new bins at the grain plant’s Waverly Street facility. Owner Bob Mattison said that five new bins are due to be installed this week, with five more on the way, in two weeks. A total of 10 new bins are in the works, at the plant.
He said that he expects the project to be completed by the middle of September, after being planned for approximately two years.
“When I built the plant, I expected a certain amount of tonnage,” he noted, as the reason for the new installation. “When we exceeded that, it did put a strain on the facility. These new bins will help alleviate that.”
The storage towers, which come from Schuld/Bushnell manufacturers in Illinois, can hold 100 tons of material each, and are all of a uniform size. The plant currently has more than 40 bins, in all, of a variety of sizes and styles. The plant has the ability to hold approximately 2,000 tons of feed and grain, in all.
DROP IT IN — The new bins will be able to hold 100 tons of material each.
The new bins and are made of smooth-walled steel. Mattison said that he chose the smooth style to prevent materials’ getting stuck in the grooves of the corrugated bins, which are commonly used. It also allows for a faster, more efficient unloading of the material, according to the bin supplier.
“This way, [the material] will slide all the way down and things don’t stick to the side,” Mattison explained.
Gramco Inc. supplies feed for all types of livestock, and Mattison said the new bins will allow his facility to store more grain and materials of all sorts, depending on its needs.
The facility also offers farm supplies and feed, at its carry-out retail store. Both the plant and the store are located at 299 Waverly St. in Springville. Gramco Inc. can be reached by calling 592-2845.