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|Wisner skyline gets $3 million face lift|
Within two weeks, an investment to the tune of about $3 million will play a major role in the restructuring of the Wisner skyline.
Wisner residents have watched for months as the skyline in their Highway 15 community took on the shapes of newer, larger and more shining grain storage bins. It's a reminder of changing times as technology and agriculture combine to replace the days when a cotton gin dominated the street scene—and street traffic—of just about every Highway 15 town from Natchez to Monroe.
The final addition—a new elevator—of a major overhaul of the old Wisner Elevator Company and Terral Farm Services location started this week and is expected to be complete before Father's Day.
It will be clearly visible, since the last thing going up is going up 129 feet.The Lansing Trade Group, a grain processing and merchandising firm headquartered in Kansas City, Kansas, is making the total investment with the last piece of the plant an new high-rise elevator shaft. According to Mathew Ray Babcock, manager and merchandising officer for the facility, the revisions are part of a growth plan began by the company over two years ago."It's a big investment, especially in tough economic times," said Babcock, "but it reflects a commitment to the belief that continued growth is coming in the parish."
The end result is expected to be a modern grain system which unloads, drys and reloads for market transport faster than in the past.
An outdoor pod storage section has also been added.
When completed the new facility will have the ability to process 10,000 bushels per hour with a receiving pit that can accommodate two trucks at the same time. A drag system will move the grain towards elevators which will fill grain bins, including two with 5 1/2 million bushel storage capacity.
According to Babcock's description, the plant will theoretically be capable of having wet grain dry enough for shipment in the same amount of time it takes to unload the wet product.
"It will be as efficient as it can be," Babcock said. "Two sets of scales, a truck parking area and smoother traffic flow will make the process more safe for everyone, including the driving public."
Babcock estimates there will be off street parking for between 50-60 trucks during harvsest season and over 300 trucks-per-day will be processed.
The company is expected to hire 8-10 exta employees in the busy season.