Rice County Commissioners recently granted a special-use permit to MKC for the construction of a 3 million bushel grain facility to be located four and one-half miles south of Lyons, Kan. With construction expected to begin later this spring, the high speed, dual-scale facility will be designed to receive multiple grains quickly and efficiently and will provide long-term storage opportunities.
Although proximity to Kansas Ethanol was a key factor in selecting the site, rail access approximately one-half mile from the location was also taken into consideration. “We possibly could hook into the rail line sometime in the future,” stated Kerry Watson, Communications Director for MKC.
MKC has also recently purchased ground near Benton to provide for future storage expansion in that area. The project is still in the planning phase with no date yet confirmed for construction.
“Not only are we excited about the opportunities these expansion projects will provide, but so are producers,” stated Watson. “We’re already receiving positive feedback from them about our plans.”