Darien grain company receives $1.5 million loan

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Samantha Jacquest
Saturday, August 10, 2013

ZENDA--A local grain elevator will be able to better serve customers with the help of a $1.5 million loan from the Wisconsin Department of Transportation.

Farm City Elevator recently rented a facility in Zenda to better serve customers in Walworth, Kenosha and Racine counties, said Tim Bucheit, manager of the Zenda facility.

Farm City buys grain from local farmers and resells it to be used in ethanol, animal feed or food. It handles corn, soybeans and wheat.

The company has been at the Zenda facility for only a few months, so it is the facility that needed the most attention, Bucheit said.

“This facility fit in with our overall company strategy very well,” Bucheit said. “We have a lot of elevators along the state line, so this continued that pattern.”

The loan will be used to build a new grain storage bin.

They will need the space. Farm City owner Randy Wuttke said there already was a firm customer base when they moved to Zenda.

“We had a nice customer base to begin with that used to go to one of our other facilities,” Wuttke said. “We also knew a lot of customers that we didn't do a lot of business with because they were too far east. So, it just fit well into our long-term plan.”

The Zenda facility has won the Department of Transportation loan for five consecutive years. Frank Huntington with the bureau of Transit, Local Roads, Rails and Harbors said the purpose of the loan is to promote economic development and increase railway use.

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