Allied Cooperative Board Members, CEO Tim Diemert, and other dignitaries helped cut the ribbon at the new Tomah facility Thursday.

Allied Cooperative held an Open House Thursday for its new state-of-the-art, $13-million dollar agronomy and grain facility located east of Tomah.  CEO Tim Diemert says, “Wisconsin River Co-op broke ground for the project prior to the merger, but then the two Boards from Adams and West Salem met and agreed to move forward.  This new facility on 92 acres on Estate Road off Highway 21 replaces the former co-op in Tomah.  Farmers will bring their corn, soybeans, wheat, and some oats to this new facility and the co-op will market it for them. The ethanol plant near Necedah purchases a great deal of corn from the co-op.”  Marquis Energy Commodities Manager Roland Koenig said, “The ethanol plant near Necedah produces 70-million gallons of ethanol a year and requires 100-truck loads of corn a day, Monday through Friday.  A by-product of the ethanol process is a high protein feedstock that is shipped worldwide.”  Allied Cooperative’s new Tomah facility will be operational for the 2013 harvest.  The new Greenfield site will feature 1.1-million bushels of storage capacity and was built with speed in mind to get the farmer back to the field faster.  It will have a 6,000 bushels per hour tower dryer and the ability to receive wet grain at 20,000 bushels per hour and still receive dry corn or beans at 12,000 per hour.  Strategically located on the Union pacific Railroad, the facility is a prime location for access to rail markets.   

Allied CEO Tim Diemert talks with an attendee at the Open House



Allied Cooperative Marketing Director Karmen Bernacchi introduces Wisconsin Secretary of Agriculture Ben Brancel