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[ MARKETS ] PRODUCT TRENDS
fabric structures
 Fabric structures can
offer an affordable, practical
grain-storage solution. This
fabric structure at the Rake,
Iowa, location of Landus, a
farmer-owned cooperative,
measures 685 feet long and
180 feet wide. It was built
in 2021 and holds up to 4
million bushels of corn or
soybeans. Photo: Landus
An alternative to
brick and mortar
Durability, sustainability drive
demand for fabric structures.
By Darcy Maulsby
S
UCCESSFUL BUSINESSES KNOW THAT ECO-FRIENDLY
practices are part of sustainability, but creating long-term
value is also key. More companies are choosing durable fabric
structures to manage operating costs and reduce their impact on the
environment, without sacrificing functionality.
Covering corn to fertilizer
In rural areas, fabric-covered structures are also becoming more
common to house bulk commodities, from corn to fertilizer. " I've
been encouraging the co-op to consider fabric buildings because
these let you do more with less, " says Dale Vinsand, capital projects
lead with Landus, a farmer-owned ag cooperative in Iowa.
Consider Landus Cooperative's location at Rake, Iowa. Before
August 2021, the co-op's grain elevator along the Union Pacific
Railroad consisted of 1 million bushels of grain storage in concrete
and steel storage, plus a total of 2.7 million bushels of grain storage
in three temporary grain storage piles.
Today, a new fabric building has replaced some of those grain
storage systems. The structure, which measures 685 feet long and
180 feet wide, holds up to 4 million bushels of corn or soybeans.
" This is a new move for Landus, " Vinsand says.
Landus hired Macon Construction from Bradford, Ill., to build
the structure. The fabric roof covering is attached in separate pieces
across the steel roof trusses, creating a continuous, waterproof
connection between fabric and frame, without the risk of wear points
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