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Cottage Grove | WI 53527
Phone: 608.251.9010
Fax: 608.839.5144

Landmark Announces Markesan Grain Expansion Project

May 4, 2012

Landmark Services Cooperative is pleased to announce a plan for our Markesan campus grain expansion project. Effective immediately we will begin construction at our existing Agronomy and Grain sites located at W1705 County Road S in Markesan to expand our grain storage capacity and handling set-up. This growth will allow us to better serve our customers and provide them with the utmost quality and service. Landmark's Executive Vice President- Grain, Doug Cropp, states “The grain expansion at our Markesan campus will significantly increase our storage and handling capacity at this site to better serve our members and to continue to grow our grain business in the Markesan area. With the potential of 300 bushels per acre of corn by the year 2030, this is an example of how Landmark will continue to evaluate opportunities to improve and grow our grain handling abilities to serve our member's needs."

The expansion will add two 315,000 bushel grain bins, one 71,000 bushel grain bin, one tower-style grain dryer with the capacity of drying 4,700 bushels per hour at five-points of moisture removal, and two dump through truck scales measuring 12 ft. X 75 ft. New receiving and load out conveyors and legs will have the capacity to handle 15,000 bushels per hour. Additionally, there will be two 5,750 bushel overhead storage bins to load out grain onto trucks when shipping out. Upon completion of this expansion project, the grain storage capacity at the Markesan campus will total approximately 840,000 bushels.

In addition, this expansion project will also add a building over the top of the two dump-through scales to protect against inclement weather and control dust caused by the receipt of grain. Furthermore, we will be extending the entrance to this site from the eastern-most drive entry to Landmark’s present energy bulk plant to allow for one-way traffic flow through this campus. We will also be paving the entry and exit points from the main-line Rail Road to County Road S as a means to manage the amount of dust created from the traffic entering and exiting the campus.

Our anticipated completion date for this project is October 1, 2012, as it is our goal to have this facility in operation for this fall's corn and soybean harvest. The plan for wheat harvest grain delivery will be communicated at a later time.

For more information, file photos or to schedule an interview, please contact:

Kristi Lange
Communication & Events Coordinator
Landmark Services Cooperative
1401 Landmark Drive
Cottage Grove, WI 53527
Office: (608) 819-3126
Cell: (608) 669-1822
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Web: www.landmark.coop

Landmark Services Cooperative is a member-owned cooperative business dedicated to providing both rural and urban customers the highest quality products and services. For more than 75 years, Landmark has been providing agronomy, energy, animal nutrition, grain, retail and transportation products and services to its more than 15,000 members in South Central Wisconsin and Northern Illinois. Employing nearly 500 people in rural areas and reaching sales of nearly $500 million, Landmark provides the benefits of volume buying and access to state-of- the-art technology to its members while maintaining a hands-on, customer service-oriented approach in each of the communities we serve. For more information, please go to our website at www.landmark.coop or call 1-800-236-3276.