Pipeline Foods Announces Opening of Grain Elevator in Bowbells, ND
BOWBELLS, ND – Oct 23, 2018 – Pipeline Foods, the first U.S.-based supply chain solutions company focused exclusively on non-GMO, organic, and regenerative food and feed, is proud to announce that its newest certified organic grain storage and handling facility in Bowbells, ND is open for operation.
“We are excited to be up and running,” said Eric Jackson, chief executive of Pipeline Foods. “This facility is going to expand access to organic grain handling for farmers across the Dakotas and Canadian prairies, and we are looking forward to seeing the positive effects this will have on their operations, as well as the regional organic market as a whole.”
This is the company’s first greenfield project, strategically located adjacent to the BNSF main line railway and US Highway 52 to allow for efficient rail and truck transport, and designed to receive, clean and blend organic crops to meet the most rigorous customer specifications and ensure transparency and traceability. The Weitz Company was the design build contractor on the project.
The concrete slip-formed structure features 240,000 bushels of storage in multiple bins with 10,000 bushels per hour reception and load out capacity. It is fully automated and compliant with Food Safety Modernization Act (FSMA) regulations, with an upgraded grain reception system that improves food safety, and mass flow hoppers designed to enable improved identity preservation of organic grains and other specialty crops.
The facility also features an on-site quality control laboratory and state of the art multi-commodity cleaning system. Unique logistics advantages will enable Pipeline Foods to provide superior execution and economic efficiency to both their customers and regional organic producers, directly served by the BNSF railroad.
“The opening of the new Pipeline Foods grain terminal north of Bowbells will offer much easier market access to producers interested in organic grain production,” said Dan Folske, NDSU Extension Agent for Burke County. “Marketing has always been a concern for organic growers and growers considering organic production. The easier market access offered by having a local facility is encouraging some producers to take a closer look at organic production. The permanent local jobs and increased property tax base are always helpful in our rural economy.”
The Bowbells elevator will provide growers with greater access to storage, processing, and transportation for their organic grains, playing a key role in Pipeline Foods’ work to increase domestic organic acreage and supply in order to meet ever-growing consumer demand for organic goods.