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Gavilon Opens Its First Grain and Fertilizer Facility in South Dakota

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OMAHA, Neb.--(BUSINESS WIRE)--

Gavilon Liberty Grain, LLC today celebrated the grand opening of its Kimball, S.D., facility. The high-speed grain and dry fertilizer shuttle facility—Gavilon's first in the state of South Dakota—is located near the intersection of U.S. Interstate 90 and state Highway 45 in Brule County, S.D. The grain facility will handle corn, soybeans, milo and wheat, and the fertilizer facility will distribute urea, monoammonium phosphate and potash. The facility unloaded its first unit train of fertilizer in approximately 10 hours earlier in October.

“We look forward to offering producers a local, competitive alternative in this important agricultural state,” said Jim Anderson, chief operating officer of agriculture at Gavilon. “South Dakota is a fast-growing production area, helped by advances in hybrids, production practices and higher commodity prices and utilizes the most urea in the United States. We look forward to accommodating this growth and helping producers maximize their margins.”

“We are pleased to see this project, which is significant for the state of South Dakota, become a reality with the support of federal and state grants and private investments,” added investor Chuck Jepson of Richland Investments, LLC.

The Greenfield project, which commenced construction in November 2011, includes a 2.2-million-bushel, upright concrete grain elevator, a 42,000-ton dry fertilizer facility and a 1.5-mile loop track large enough to accommodate 125 cars. The Dakota Southern Railroad, which will service the shuttle facility, was recently upgraded to handle unit trains.

For business inquiries, please call (605) 778-6566.

About Gavilon Liberty Grain, LLC

Gavilon Liberty Grain, LLC was formed in 2011 by a wholly owned subsidiary of The Gavilon Group, LLC and Richland Investments, LLC to invest in the sourcing and distribution of a variety of grains and fertilizers in South Dakota. The Kimball-based joint venture employs 17 people.

About The Gavilon Group, LLC

The Gavilon Group, LLC is a leading commodity management firm, connecting producers and consumers of feed, food and fuel through its global supply chain network. Gavilon leverages its strategic partnerships and more than 300 facilities and offices worldwide to link agricultural and energy supply with demand. The company provides origination, storage and handling, transportation and logistics, marketing and distribution, and risk management services to tens of thousands of customers each year.

Headquartered in Omaha, Neb., Gavilon employs 2,000 people around the world and is ranked America's 19th largest private company by Forbes. For more information, please visit www.gavilon.com.

For The Gavilon Group, LLC
Mary Palu, 402-514-9407
Cell: 402-650-1814
mpalu@baileylauerman.com

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