CHS to Build New Grain Facility in Northwest Minnesota
A rendering of the new grain facility in Erskine, Minn. Courtesy of CHS/Vigen Construction

CHS to Build New Grain Facility in Northwest Minnesota

Slated to begin operations in 2023, the new facility is aimed at speeding up productivity and broadening market access for farmers.

Inver Grove Heights-based CHS Inc. this summer will begin constructing a new grain facility in the northwestern Minnesota town of Erskine.

Slated to open in fall 2023, the facility will give the company an additional 1.25 million bushels of storage capacity in the area. Combined with CHS’s existing facilities in the region, the company’s total storage capacity in Erskine will tick up to 4.55 million bushels.

The new facility will enable CHS to process grain safely at higher speeds, said Rick Dusek, executive VP of CHS agricultural retail operations.

“Erskine is an important area for corn, soybeans, and wheat,” said Dusek. “Our network of assets throughout the upper Midwest and West helps us broaden market access for farmers to get their grain to international customers through our Pacific Northwest export terminals.”

The company’s broader strategy is “to balance efficiency and growth, optimizing our footprint with investments in strategic locations that complement our existing system and help us better serve customer-owners,” Dusek added. “Today’s growers can plant or harvest crops very quickly with modern equipment and technology. CHS needs to continue to invest to keep pace.”

CHS leaders said the new Erskine terminal is part of a series of investments throughout Minnesota and North Dakota.

East Grand Forks, Minnesota-based Vigen Construction Inc. will oversee the construction of the Erskine terminal.