Looming buildings casting large shadows serve as tangible signs of economic growth in the Horn Rapids Industrial Park off Logston Boulevard in Richland.
The latest addition to the mix is across the street from the massive Preferred Freezer Services.
Central Washington Corn Processors’ new $7.9 million facility, which will serve as a hub for the corn, dairy and poultry industries, celebrated its grand opening Nov. 4.
Company officials expect 4,000 rail cars to be unloaded at the transload facility in the next year. “We are able to operate this facility with about 15 to 20 employees, but the far reaching effect of employment extends to the 50 to 60 trucks that come and go each day and to all the support industries it takes to keep the wheels turning here,” said Dennis Kyllo, one of CWCP’s five principal owners.
Richland Mayor Pro-Tem Terry Christensen said the grain handling facility is “an important project for the region.”
The company’s new 95,480-square-foot warehouse is able to store 35,000 tons of animal feed products.
Outside are three separate 40,000-square-foot asphalt pads along with grain storage that will hold 10,000 tons of product. A sonar system monitors the grain volume.
Trucks will enter the new warehouse — which is 155 feet wide by more than 616 feet long — from the east and be filled inside the building with front-end loaders. A 32-ton truck of corn can be loaded in under three minutes.
A large dust collection system addresses the air quality by depositing airborne grain material inside a special tank behind the warehouse.