Silo collapses at CPI-Lansing

By GREG SCELLIN, Signal Editor

Soon after being partially discovered, one of the eight 150-feet tall concrete silos (located in the extreme southeast corner) at the CPI-Lansing, LLC shuttle-train loading facility in Fairmont collapsed to the ground last week.  Luckily, no one was injured in the collapse, which sent 140,000 bushels of corn and a wall of concrete crashing to the ground at the facility.

Portions of the grain-receiving building just to the east of the silo were also extensively damaged.  A notice on the company’s website states that due to a structural failure, the Fairmont location will be closed until further notice.  According to published reports, structural engineers have been at the facility accessing the damage and determining the condition of the remaining silos.  A company has been contracted to salvage the grain on the ground.

On Monday morning, plant manager Calvin Diehl said there really hasn’t been any status change at the facility since the failure occurred.

“We have more engineers here and insurance people looking things over,” Diehl said.  “There haven’t really been any time frames set, yet.”

The structural failure occurred at about 5 p.m., on Tuesday, January 7.  The facility, which is located about two miles west of Fairmont, just north of U.S. Highway 6, opened eight months ago and can store up to two million bushels of grain.  The facility cost an estimated $22 million to construct.  Entrances into the location have been barricaded.

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