Gavilon Announces Shuttle Project in Avalon, Wisconsin

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Omaha, Neb. (Apr. 23, 2013) Gavilon Grain, LLC today announced plans to upgrade its Avalon, Wis., operation to accommodate shuttles and unit trains via the Wisconsin & Southern Railroad (WSOR), which is connected to multiple Class I railroads. The project includes the addition of 12,800 feet of track; equipment to load railcars at the rate of 60,000 bushels per hour (bph); two receiving stations to unload railcars or trucks at the rate of 20,000 bph each; a 150,000-bushel multi-purpose steel storage bin and a 7,000 bph grain dryer. Construction began this month.

“We look forward to more efficiently serving our customers by reducing the time it takes to handle inbound and outbound grain,” said Lee Kleman, regional vice president of North American Grain. “Significant receiving improvements that can accommodate a total of 63,000 bph, coupled with one-way truck flow, inbound and outbound scales, a remote ticket printer and two additional covered truck pits, will enable customers to unload grain three times faster than before.”

“We will now be better equipped to handle wet corn,” added Derek Reed, location manager at the Avalon facility. “A total of 230,000 bushels of wet grain space and a new high speed grain dryer will boost our drying capacity to more than 8,500 bph.”

Avalon facility upgrades will also provide access to the WSOR short line, expanding Gavilon’s service area in southern Wisconsin. Work is expected to be complete in the fall of 2013.

The Avalon facility is located at 9231 E. Avalon Road in Avalon, Wis. Producers interested in cash bid information should call Derek Reed at (608) 754-4673. Location and cash bid information can also be found on the company’s website at Gavilon’s mobile app for smart phones, which is available by searching for “Gavilon” on the App Store and Google Play. 

About The Gavilon Group, LLC

The Gavilon Group, LLC is a leading commodity management firm, connecting producers and consumers of feed, food and fuel through its global supply chain network. Gavilon leverages its strategic partnerships and more than 300 facilities and offices worldwide to link agricultural and energy supply with demand. The company provides origination, storage and handling, transportation and logistics, marketing and distribution, and risk management services to tens of thousands of customers each year.

Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., Gavilon employs 2,000 people around the world and is ranked America’s 19th largest private company by Forbes. For more information, please visit