If you’ve noticed shiny new grain bins on the horizon west of Miller, you’re looking at the new Miller Terminal facility, a division of Harrold Terminal, LLC of Harrold, which will begin accepting wheat, corn and beans this coming harvest season.
According to Randy Brown, general manager of Harrold Terminal, LLC., the idea of starting a new terminal at Miller was put forward a couple of years ago.
“When we had our grand opening at Harrold in September 2010, a group of 10 or 12 from the Miller area came over. They asked what it would take to get a terminal facility located in Miller,” Brown related.
Lynn and Harry Harrell from Miller were among the producers at the grand opening. “They spearheaded the idea, and got the groundwork accomplished,” says Brown.
The first step was to create a Hand County Railroad Authority, in order to receive low-interest funding from the South Dakota Railroad Board to build the state-of-the-art 110-car shuttle-loading facility. The Hand County Commissioners act as the channel through which the funding comes.
Both grain terminals are owned jointly by Harrold Grain, LLC and ADM (Archer Daniels Midland Company), a food, feed and biofuel production company headquartered in Decatur, Ill.
Construction began on the new terminal facility in July 2012, and continued throughout the winter. Location Manager Heather Carsten is now on-site daily, as is Elevator Superintendent, Jim Ford. Brown says June 21 has been set for the open house.
Miller Terminal is just west of Miller on Highway 14, and one mile south off the highway. The terminal has 3.8 million bushels of upright and flat storage space, as well as 45,000 bushels an hour of dumping capacity.
Brown says he expects to attract a customer radius of approximately 25 miles. Producers have the choice of contracting or delivering their grain to the terminal without a contract.
Miller Terminal will have six full-time employees, and additional part-time seasonal workers will be hired.
The terminal’s website is http://www.millerterminal.com. It includes information on cash bids (for Miller and Harrold), futures, options and other marketing information.
Producers are invited to stop by the new terminal. For questions, or information, contact Carsten at 605-350-5340, or Brown at 605-875-3278.
Said Brown, “This new facility will deliver on Harrold Terminal’s pledge of providing competitive prices and superior service to central South Dakota producers.”
Ruth A. Moller|The Miller Press
SWINGING INTO SPRING, and getting ready for the Miller Terminal’s operation are, seated, Randy Brown, general manager, and Heather Carsten, location manager, and standing, Jim Ford, elevator superintendent.