By-the-Numbers: A look at the new Cargill plant

By John Rech

More numbers floated around the Cargill grand opening than logs on the Missisippi during the Thursday morning. Check these: • 1 new confined space rescue apparatus donated to the WMFD. • 2 hours to fill and move a 75,000 bushel river barge. • 3 barges staged on the river. • 4-H received $12,000 donation from Cargill. • 5 year round full-time employees at West Memphis. • 6 feet over the 100 year flood line is where Cargill is set. • 10 thousand bushels per hour drier. • 25 thousand bushel per hour conveyors from each of the three dump pits. • $44.5 million construction cost. • 50 thousand bushel per hour conveyor loads barges. • 60 foot river fluctuation is no problem for loading at the dock. • 100 men worked each of three shifts for six days on a continuous pour slip form construction, building granary structures including the elevator. • 150 people attended the grand opening. Some politicians missed the tour but were on hand for lunch. • 450 thousand cubic yards of fill dirt moved on 500 truck loads per day from Westwood to the plant. Two drainage basins now effectively litigate flooding in the subdivision. • 700 augur cast pilings bored 80 feet provide seismic stability to the facility. • 915 thousand bushel total plant capacity.


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