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CHENEY FREE PRESS Thursday, November 19, 2015 hli January completion still planned for Four Lakes transloader facility By PAUL DELANEY Staff Reporter The parts are all coming together nicely it appears with the Highline Grain shuttle facility's plans to begin moving product sometime in early January 2016 on schedule. That's the word from Keith Bai- ley, general manager and CEO of Ag Ventures and the operations officer for Highline Grain. Construction is sailing along both at the Four Lakes site as well as along the Eastern Washington Gateway Railroad where six-plus miles of track are being updated. The biggest hold up has been in securing permits from Spokane County, Bailey said. "But it's going well, the construc- tion is on target really," Bailey said. "We're slightly behind in getting some of our construction done, probably three, maybe four weeks behind." But it's not concerning. The silos, referred to as the "eight pack," consist of eight tanks each holding about 110,000 bushels with the inner-silos 20,000-40,000. They shot up suddenly, over the course of just several days this summer. Recently a steel silo rose on the horizo Photo by Paul Delaney Anew steel silo has been added to the complex at the Highline Grain shuttle load- ing facility at Four Lakes. Start of operations is set for early January. "It actually took a little bit longer 1.5 million bushel facility were al- to put that single steel tank up than it tered somewhat when Highline Grain did to put all the concrete up," Bailey negotiated an agreement with ADM said. "Two weeks for the steel and a (Archer Daniels Midland) to bring in week for the concrete." hard red winter wheat for their needs Most construction for grain facilities in the Spokane mill. these days is steel, Bailey explained. "We "That required about half a mil- felt the life and durability of the concrete lion bushel capacity additional for our (original) application was going space," Bailey said. To put up a steel to be more appropriate." tank was quite a bit less expensive Original plans at the $30 million, than one constructed of concrete. The multiple structures seen at Four Lakes have been designed to accept a variety of commodities. "We'll have different classes of wheat," Bailey said. Those include soft white, club Wheat -- a sub class of soft white - as well as hard red winter and dark northern spring. The wheat the terminal will handle will be used in a variety of products from breads to noodles and many other end uses. When shipments do begin ar- riving, grain cannot be simply dumped in one silo and move onto the next. "There's a fill recipe," Bailey ex- plained. "You have to fill the eleva- tors in a certain pattern before you can use it." He likened it to changing a tire and tightening lug nuts in a specific order and manner. Circling the elevators is enough railroad track to handle loading of 110-car trains that will be taken back to Cheney. Operated by Burlington Northern Santa Fe, trains will move onto the main line and sent to mar- ket. "We've got the track just about finished now," Bailey said. In an- ticipation of a return of a somewhat normal winter, snow fences are being installed around the facility, "So we don't get snowed in." See Highline page 9 20 Games and Food Speciats This empty spot at the Bi-Mart Arena at the Cheney Rodeo Grounds will have updated seating in time for the July 8-10, 2016 rodeo. Rodeo bleacher upg Photo by Paul Delaney and expanded bleacher continue By PAUL DELANEY "This effort will re-arena, adding an ad- the second half," Ed- Staff Reporter place aging structures ditional four rows ofwards said. "Within the It's more out with with new structures seating and retrofit-same footprint we add the old and in with the that take less mainte- ting the old wood seat two more rows of seat- new at the Cheney Ro-nance and add 1,000 planks with aluminum,ing." This section was deo Grounds' Bi-Mart seats by 2016, a 28per- Wooden walkways were built in 1969, Edwards Arena. cent increase," Edwards replaced with treatedsaid. "Before then, seat- In the latest roundsaid. lumber with work com-ing was on bales. The of upgrades of bleach- The out-of pocket pleted in 2013. northeast bleachers er seating at the arena, cost is $125,000. All the Another part of thewere built in 1981." three-quarters of the old set-up labor, and some project was undertak- The current project wooden southern portion equipment and fasten-en in 2013-2014 and will be finished in ad- of the northeast seating ershave been donated,replaced half of the vance of the 49th Cheney section willbe replaced, In 2012 the rodeo northwest bleachers Rodeo, scheduled for Cheney Rodeo spokes- organization began with steel frame and July 8-10, 2016. man Rick Edwards wrote the project by extend- aluminum seat bleach- P a u l D e l a n e y in an email. This is the ing the existing metal ers and treated lumber can be reached at fifthyear of that program frame bleachers on the walkways, pdelaney@cheneyfreepress. to replace bleachers,southeast side of the "In 2014-15 we did com. iANTA PICTURES Cheney Owl and Medical Lake Owl will be open 11 am-$ pm every Sunday Cheney Federal Credit Union Congratulates Where others have branches--we have our roots. 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