July 14, 2011


North Central Farmers Elevator building administrative hub in Ipswich



US agricultural cooperative North Central Farmers Elevator is building a US$2 million corporate office building in Ipswich that will serve as the administrative hub for its 17 facilities in South Dakota and North Dakota.


"Our cooperative has grown dramatically in the last 14 years," said Keith Hainy, general manager for North Central. "We have added 10 facilities and have gone from US$70 million in sales a year to US$450 million. The administrative building is something we have wanted to do for a number of years."


Previously, the administrative staff had offices in a feed warehouse, he said.


"The new building is long awaited and very much needed," he said.


The facility on US Highway 12 east of Ipswich will have two levels. There will be office space for 35 employees on the main floor and room for expansion on the second floor. The building includes a training facility that can accommodate 50 people.


"Ipswich has been our corporate office from the beginning," Hainy said. "We are proud to invest in Ipswich and to invest in the community."


North Central is a full-service cooperative that offers grain handling, marketing, agronomy, petroleum, fertilizer, and chemicals, said Subrena Green, director of communications for North Central. She said she was excited to have the new building.


North Central has 2,500 member-owners.


The cooperative has made upgrades at several of its facilities, said Hainy.


"We have invested in equipment and other projects to better serve our farmer-owners," he said. "The new corporate office is something that will also help us serve them."


Excavating on the site will begin Monday (Jul 18). The building is expected to be complete in January 2012, Hainy said.


The architect is HKG of Aberdeen, and the general contractor is Quest Construction of Aberdeen.

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