Kalama Export Company LLC Announces Expansion Project

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Facility Additions Will Result in Greater Handling Efficiencies


Kalama, Wash. (Feb. 17, 2010) – Kalama Export Company LLC (KEC) today announced plans to begin construction to expand the 95,000-metric ton grain handling facility at the Port of Kalama in Washington. The expansion project, which includes a new state-of-the-art wheat cleaning system, an additional 21,000 metric tons of grain storage and greater vessel-loading capacity, is expected to increase the facility’s annual throughput by 25 percent. Construction related to the project will result in approximately 180 temporary jobs.


“We are pleased to be further expanding our facility’s capacity to meet the growing demand for grain in Asia,” said Patrick Bryan, vice president of marketing at KEC. “The additional capacity will enable us to better serve our global customer base, network of suppliers and transportation-related service providers.”


The expansion project will support incremental corn, soybean and wheat exports from grain production areas across the United States by way of the Pacific Northwest. KEC expects the project to be completed by the spring of 2011. Several area contractors were awarded the project, including Ken Bratney Co, a division of The Bratney Companies (www.bratney.com), the general contractor; McCormick Construction Company; and Oregon Electric Group.


About Kalama Export Company LLC
Kalama Export Company LLC was formed in 1998 by Archer Daniels Midland Company, Gavilon Grain, LLC and Agrex, Inc., a wholly owned subsidiary of Mitsubishi Corporation, to invest in the sourcing and distribution of a variety of grains and grain by-products, including corn, soybeans, wheat and milo. In 2009, KEC’s commodity export volume was 7.1 million metric tons, representing approximately 25 percent of all grain exports from the Pacific Northwest.