Countryside Coop Opens the Durand Agronomy Facility

Countryside Coop needed a new plant on the banks of the Chippewa River in Durand, WI.  They chose Waconia Manufacturing to provide the receiving and blending equipment.

The Durand Agronomy Facility was ready to go March 10th, 2016

The Durand Agronomy Facility was ready to go March 10th, 2016

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WMI Mourns Loss of Dedicated Employee

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WMI is mourning the loss of one of our dedicated WMI family members and friend; Bill Webster. Our thoughts and prayers go out to Bill’s family and friends in this difficult time.

Celebration of Life Service
Saturday August 29, 2015 at 5:30 P.M.
at the Waconia V.F.W.
125 West 1st Street

Bill will be greatly missed!

Additional information can be found on the Johnson Funeral Home website.

Farmers Coop Starts up First WMI Facility

IMG_4082Project:  Farmers Coop
Location:  Hemingford, NE
Startup Date:  December 17, 2013
– 150 TPH Rail/ Truck Receiving
– 150 TPH Reclaim
– 130 Ton Tower With (1) 10 Ton Vertical Blender and 10 Ton Scale Hopper
 
In the Fall of 2012, Farmers Coop came to WMI looking for equipment for their new fertilizer storage building that was to be built by Stueve Construction.  “We had just finished our first plant and had used another equipment supplier for that project.  Based on that experience we were not happy with the following items – craftsmanship was marginal which included welds, fit, and strength.  The other item was support – we didn’t have a factory representative show up at all during startup, they were reluctant to improve the guarding to meet OSHA standards after installation, and more times than not, phone calls were not returned in a timely manner.  It was at that point that I needed to look at another manufacturer for our next building that we were planning to build in Hemingford.”  With their old system in Hemingford, it took them approximately 20 minutes to get a truck through the lane with blended product.  Waconia Manufacturing prides itself on craftsmanship and a durable, quality, and long lasting product.  “Our criteria for the next supplier was that the overall craftsmanship had to be better and the whole setup had to be structurally stronger.  A Waconia salesman gave us a tour of a newly finished facility with Waconia equipment and the first thing I did was to look at the welds of the loading leg and you could visibly see that there was a vast improvement over our previous supplier.  It was decided on the way home that we would change to the Waconia product. From there on it was an enjoyable experience, follow up was prompt, delivery schedules were met, and the installation went very well.  In fact, the millwrights comment to me was that ‘this was the best fitting installation that they had ever worked on’. 2 representatives from Waconia came out for startup and gave my crew operational training as well as maintenance training on all of the equipment.”  With the new Waconia equipment automated by Kahler Automation, they will be able to send out 3-4 trucks in that same amount of time saving time and money!  This will definitely help them to service their customers more effectively and efficiently!  “I can honestly say we are a very satisfied customer and continue to enjoy our relationship with Waconia.”

Waconia Manufacturing To Build New Facility

Twin Cities Business

Waconia Manufacturing Builds New Facility, Adds Jobs

The agriculture equipment manufacturer recently broke ground on a 67,000-square-foot facility in the small Minnesotan town of Norwood Young America and plans to hire 15 new employees.

by Rebecca Omastiak

July 25, 2013

Waconia Manufacturing, Inc., broke ground July 18 at a 9.36-acre site in Norwood Young America where it is building a new 67,000-square-foot facility.   The Waconia-based company, which manufactures fertilizer blending systems and other agriculture equipment, said the expansion will speed up manufacturing and cut down on the time it takes to deliver finished products.   “This new facility is going to allow us to serve our customers better,” Waconia Manufacturing President Troy Williams said in a statement. “The engineering and manufacturing technology will be state-of-the-art, which will make it easier to maintain our strict quality standards.”   The new facility in Norwood Young America, a small town located southwest of Waconia, will double the manufacturer’s size—its existing facility in Waconia is also 67,000-square-feet.   Completion of the new facility is scheduled for early 2014 and will include manufacturing and office space as well as storage for finished products.   A Waconia Manufacturing spokesman told Twin Cities Business that the company, which has been employee-owned since 2008, plans to hire 15 people for its Norwood Young America location, mostly to fill manufacturing positions. While some of the manufacturer’s approximately 70 employees will move to the new facility, the majority will remain at the Waconia location.   The spokesman declined to disclose the company’s revenue, but said Waconia Manufacturing has experienced a “significant backlog of orders” and an increase in sales due to “the strong agricultural economy,” making the addition of the new facility a necessity.

Columbia Grain Starts Up New Facility

Project:  Columbia Grain

Location:  Arvilla, ND
Date:  April 1, 2013
– 1200 TPH Receiving
– 250 TPH Reclaim
– 200 Ton Inside Tower With (2) 14 Ton Vertical Blenders and 14 Ton Scale Hopper
– 200 Ton Outside Tower With (2) 16 Ton Vertical Blenders on Load Cells

Central Valley Ag Opens New Facility

Project:  Central Valley Ag
Location:  Wakefield, NE
Date:  June 1, 2012
– 200 TPH Receiving
– 250 TPH Reclaim
– 200 Ton Blend Tower With (2) 14 Ton Vertical Blenders and 14 Ton Scale Hopper
– Footings Have Been Added For a Second Outside Lane Tower

 

New Dry Fertilizer Blending Facility

Ailsa Craig, ON

 

Project: Hensall District Cooperative
Location: Ailsa Craig, ON
Date: April 1, 2012

Distributor: Green Lea Ag Center

Hensall District is a very progress, industry leading coop in southern Ontario.  30 years ago or so they installed a 90 Ton blend tower at their old location in the town of Ailsa Craig.  through last fall they ran that tower. This past winter/spring they installed a new fertilizer plant and 150 ton blend tower at their new location outside of town.

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Barge to Rail Receiving System for CHS Crop Nutrients

Customer:CHS Crop Nutrients – Muscatine, IA
Project: Barge to Rail Receiving System

Challenge: A method was needed to accurately load rail cars directly from barges. The original system involved unloading the barge into the building and then moving the product with an end loader through the load-out system and into the rail car. No accurate weight was available.

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New Barge Receiving System for MFA, Inc

Customer: MFA, Inc. – Palmyra, MO
Project: New Barge Receiving System

Challenge: MFA, Inc was suffering from a very in-efficient receiving system. It involved filling four rail cars from the barge, then moving the rail cars around the facility to unload the cars in three different buildings.

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