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BNSF to serve new American Crystal, United Sugars storage facility

American Crystal Co. and United Sugars Corp. (USC) last week broke ground on a new bulk sugar storage and transfer facility in Montgomery, Ill., which will be served by BNSF Railway Co.

American Crystal will build and finance the $40 million facility, which will be operated by USC, according to a press release issued by the companies.

The 20-acre facility will feature a 26,000-square-foot bulk storage dome, a 17,000-square-foot transfer facility and 5,500 feet of track space. The dome will hold more than 1.3 million hundredweights of sugar, and enables the transfer of nearly twice that amount to many of the largest sugar users in the United States, officials said.

"Customer requirements change frequently and this facility will allow us to quickly and easily respond to their needs and avoid interruptions in supply," said Dirk Swart, executive vice president, industrial sales and marketing at USC.

The facility will be the largest single sugar storage asset in the United States, USC officials said. It will be located about 45 miles west of Chicago.

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