Central Valley Cooperative headquartered in Owatonna, MN held a ground breaking ceremony for their new Kenyon Agronomy Center on Tuesday, May 7th. The new site is located on the intersection of Hwy 246 and Hwy 56.
Wearing white hard hats and bright construction vests Central Valley employees, board members, contractors, township & county officials and others involved in the project took turns with the golden shovels for a photograph in front of the newly-erected Central Valley Sign.
Addressing the group assembled, Central Valley General Manager Gary Mohr spoke with conviction about the project and the benefits it will bring. The new Kenyon facility will be safe, efficient and environmentally responsible, he stated. This will be a good business that will increase the tax base, provide employment and be around for many years to come.
In another week to ten days, crews will begin the work of leveling the land and preparing for construction on the site that will house a 13,500-ton dry fertilizer facility in addition to liquid fertilizer storage. A separate facility will contain a seed warehouse & treatment equipment, chemical storage and shop in addition to an office which will be attached to this facility. There will be a total of 12-15 employees working out of this location with additional 10-12 part-time seasonal workers. Employees working in the current Kenyon location as well as employees from other Central Valley locations in neighboring communities will be moved to this facility once it becomes fully operational.