ADM grain elevator to open in two to three months

by Eric Schroeder
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DESTREHAN, LA. — Archer Daniels Midland Co. on Tuesday said it expects the export grain elevator in Destrehan that was damaged by a fire and explosion on Oct. 30 to be operational in approximately two to three months. The company did not provide an estimate on the costs of the damage, and said nobody was injured in the blast.

"We intend to meet all of our obligations to customers," said David Weintraub, director of external communications for ADM. "Currently, we are operating out of our St. Elmo facility, which will be sufficient to ensure continuity of operations. Since 2005, ADM has used this facility as a grain elevator and export house."

The Destrehan grain elevator, which was built in the 1960s, is the largest of four facilities operated by ADM in Louisiana with storage capacity of 6,432,000 bus, according to the 2008 Grain & Milling Annual. The elevator handles corn, soybeans, soybean meal and wheat.

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