Heartland Coop Contribution: Heartland Cooperative Services has long known that its existing line of feed mills is aging and in need of a major overhaul. In considering options for dealing with this problem, the board of directors considered the possibility of creating a new super factory to replace the old decrepit factory. This option made sense if the new plant was located on a major rail line, such as the CNN line via Owen. Another factor to consider for the future of our plant was the successful annual growth in organic and non-GMO food production. It was determined that each of them should be made in a separate factory in order to reduce the possibility of cross-contamination.
After considering all the options, the board decided to proceed with the construction of the super factory. They hired Merrill’s Agra Business to help design the new facility, along with senior management from Heartland Coop Services. The next step for senior management was to acquire suitable land to meet the needs and objectives of the new plant.
The senior management team was able to purchase land in Owen, Wisconsin with an existing 60,000-square-foot warehouse and a 15,000-square-foot lodge on about 25 acres adjacent to the main CN railroad. .. One mile off the busy highway 29 corridor for a fraction of the original asking price. An added benefit of this acquisition is that it is adjacent to Owen’s fertilizer plant in Heartland.
Using the acquired land and equipment, senior management entered into a contract with the city of Owen. Under this agreement, the city provided approximately $1.35 million in cash and more than $750,000 in financial support to Heartland. The funds will be used to build new rail lines, offices, and Super Mill malls. The city’s investment will be recouped from the TIF area real estate tax that Heartland pays on investments. In addition to these funds, Heartland Cooperative received approximately $250,000 in additional support from Wisconsin through TEA (Transportation Economic Assistance) and WEDC (Wisconsin Economic Development Corporation) grants. These grants are designed to support the economic development of small communities and are non-refundable.
New features of the super mill:
Heartland’s new Super Mill has about 2,400 tons of top storage, 140,000 bushels of external grain storage that can be stocked using road or rail storage, and about 40,000 square feet of storage space for manufacturing facilities.
The factory itself is built on a concrete foundation measuring approximately 50 feet by 50 feet, 20 feet above the ground, the tower rises 188 feet, and the American flag proudly flutters at the top.
The main structure of this plant is surrounded by a steel butler’s building, which includes unloading areas and semi- and quadruple aisles. With the modern Repete computerized control system, the factories can dispense large amounts of feed approximately every 3 minutes with high accuracy. The system includes eight different scales for maximum production speed, while simultaneously weighing and lowering feed and feed ingredients onto legs and into the mixer.
The new plant is currently built to produce 200,000 tones of feed annually and is designed and built for future expansion with just an additional overhead hopper. The 25-acre site has plenty of room for expansion to other areas. Expected future growth includes the addition of grain shipments and receiving boxes, 7,000-10,000 tones of fertilizer storage, gas stations and more. In addition, you will have the opportunity to place more than 50 vehicles on the line under construction.
Special thanks to the city of Owen for hosting the Heartland Coop. We have a close relationship with them and it will last for years. We would also like to thank the Board and all clients / sponsors for their financial support in the form of Wisconsin donations and for all services provided by Heartland Cooperative Services.
On August 21, we finally completed all markings, Phase 1 and Phase 2 environmental surveys, and all rainwater and archaeological surveys. Also, in the second half of this large-scale project, site plans and sabo permits were issued to the west, including 85 kiosk parking lots, reservoirs, rail stubs, rail stubs, rail sewers, and related subsidiaries. We are waiting for the issuance of VPLE (self-responsibility) insurance for the project city.