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Heritage Cooperative plans $8M Kenton plant expansion

KENTON — Heritage Cooperative officials announced Thursday at the Hardin County Fair plans for a major expansion of its Kenton operations.

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Graphics, above and below, show an $8-million, two phase expansion project of Heritage Cooperative's Kenton plant at Bales Road and State Route 31 in Hardin County. Plans for the project, set to begin this fall, were announced Thursday. GRAPHICS | HERITAGE COOPERATIVE

The $8-million, two-phase project is expected to begin this fall with construction of a state-of-the-art fuel station at the facility located at Bales Road and State Route 31.

The 12-pump station, which is expected to be complete by next spring, will offer patrons gasoline, E85, diesel, diesel exhaust fluid and Compressed Natural Gas.

 “We are pleased to give the community unmatched access to a clean-burning, environmentally friendly, affordable fuel source like CNG,” said Chief Executive Officer Eric Parthemore.

There is also room for future growth at the station as CNG technology expands, Mr. Parthemore noted.

The second phase of the project is set to begin in December with the building of a two-million-gallon tank for storage of liquid fertilizer and an advanced, computer-automated liquid load-out building at the Kenton fertilizer plant.

The building will house both an around-the-clock unstaffed load-out bay as well as a staffed retail bay. It also will include eight, ten-thousand gallon bulk chemical tanks and storage areas for package products and mini-bulk containers.

Four, thirty-thousand gallon liquid fertilizer storage tanks and two large water storage tanks will also be added to the site.

“Expanding our agronomy services makes sense and allows us to maintain and offer even better solutions for the farmers we serve,” said Parthemore.

Heritage Cooperative was founded in 2009 by the consolidation of Champaign Landmark Inc. of Urbana and The Farmers Commission Company of Upper Sandusky.

The 7,500-member, West Mansfield-based cooperative has 30 branch locations in Ohio including DeGraff, Horton, and West Liberty in Logan County, and it employs about 260 full-time employees and 60 seasonal employees.

For more, visit www.heritagecooperative.com

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