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Hanson Silo LP Acquires Easy Rake™ Silage Facer Product Line from Riverview LLP.

LAKE LILLIAN, MN - (September 30, 2011) - Hanson Silo LP, a leading manufacturer of feed storage and handling systems for the dairy and beef markets, announced today that the Company has acquired the Easy Rake™ Facer (easyrakefacer.com) from Riverview LLP of Morris, MN.

Riverview is an employee owned dairy producer, who invented the Easy Rake™ silage facer to solve a need at their own farm. Riverview owned various mechanical facers that demanded a great deal of maintenance and reduced silage particle length which hurts milk production. Riverview's patented Easy Rake was designed with no moving parts, to preserve silage particle length and offers a quick hook up with no hoses to attach.

Hanson is integrating the Easy Rake™ dealer network which currently spans from California to New York.

"We are very pleased to add the Easy Rake™ solution to Hanson Silo's product portfolio. The addition of the Easy Rake™ gives Hanson more access to North American livestock producers, and expands the reach as well as compliments Hanson's existing bunker silos," commented Mike Hanson, Director of Business Development for Hanson Silo. "There is also potential for commercial markets and global sales."

About Hanson
Hanson Silo is a fourth generation family business operating in four business units primarily tied to agriculture today. Hanson's precast concrete products largely serve the bulk storage market for feed, grain, sand and salt containment. Hanson's farm equipment segment provides silo unloaders, mixers, feeders and a full line of farmstead equipment. Hanson' silo and service unit offers tower silo repair and new silos. Hanson's powder coat paint and manufacturing segment provides fabrication, welding and powder coat painting services for strategic alliance partners. For further information about Hanson Silo, visit hansonsilo.com

This article was published in the March 2010 issue of Dry Cargo International, the world's leading monthly dry bulk publication headquartered in the UK. It is essential reading for all senior executives and decision-makers in the industry, and is the leading source of vital market information across 6 continents. DCI recognized Hanson Silo as a sizable player in the bulk storage industry from the success of its grain and industrial storage projects. The March 2010 issue focused on Global Grain Trades.

Innovative warehousing and storage solutions from Hanson Silo

US company Hanson Silo has been building bulk storage systems since 1916. It is a fourth-generation family-owned and - operated business. The company began with tower silos, and then in the mid-1990s, started manufacturing flat 'T panel' storage. 'L panel' containment walls followed for industrial and grain storage. Hanson's engineered precast concrete panels are among the most cost-effective, large volume storage systems available. Customers can use the company's proprietary 'bunker planning tool' for storage configurations. Hanson's precast concrete walls can be used as a substitute for poured concrete walls.

Hanson ships its modular walls as far as New Jersey, Alabama, California and Saskatchewan. It has constructed bunkers and bunker silos for a variety of storage uses. The modular construction allows for changing configurations.

The company's bulk storage projects include:

  • grain;
  • silage;
  • coal/power plants - coal containment systems for power plants and energy producers
  • animalfeed - including livestock feed, domestic, and zoo animal feed storage;
  • granular fertilizer - urea, Map, Dap, ash, and other commodities are stored in Hanson's containment systems;
  • aggregates;
  • recycling - used in the scrap metal industry; commercial to community recycling centres. Panel walls are used to separate and organize materials;
  • the panels allow lechate; and help prevents toxic run off. Panel walls aid in preventing toxic runoff from waste dumps.
  • EPA approved - can be installed and moved using the customer's own excavators, wheel loaders or forklifts. Hanson has shipped recycling bunker walls as far as New Jersey;
  • DOT (Department of Transportation)-approved salt and sand - Hanson has built over 70 sand and salt storage wall facilities, obviating the need to try and make highway barriers work by using its engineered precast panels; and
  • retaining walls.

There are many other non-bulk-related uses for Hanson's systems, including livestock manure storage and privacy fencing.

Hanson Silo has great expertise in the storage of grain, and offers everything from truly temporary grain storage system to engineered multi-million bushel automated grain bunkers. It has built grain storage for the most progressive elevator cooperatives in Minnesota, North Dakota, South Dakota, Iowa, Nebraska, Kansas, Indiana, Illinois, and Missouri.

With its partners in complete grain storage systems, Hanson can provide horizontal storage that works, including Hanson Silo walls, aeration fans, air ducts, and covers. The company's most popular 'open air' grain walls are the 8ft 'L walls', while market demand has also increased for 12ft high panels to store grain in buildings in the past few years.

Hanson Silo Grain bunkers can be round, oval, rectangular or a hybrid thereof.

Hanson Silo bunkers can be built on top of its grain reclaim tunnels. All of Hanson's grain reclaim tunnels can be customized to feature grates as often as are needed to make unloading grain easier and less labour-intensive

Commodities such as: wheat, soyabeans, corn, dry distillers grain, gluten/wet cake, canola and flax are stored in Hanson's bunkers. These bunkers are extensively used at the world's largest food companies as well as the local farmer-owned cooperatives.

With horizontal grain storage, cost per bushel can be as low as $0.10 cent depending on the configuration.

Hanson's storage solutions offer:

  • low price per bushel;
  • extremely durable compared with wood or steel storage;
  • grain reclaim box-culvert tunnels available;
  • variety of custom panels that it can tailor to the customer's aeration needs;
  • a fabrication shop that manufactures ventilation air tubes and wall to fan transitions;
  • bulkheads for easy entry into Hanson bunkers;
  • grain bunkers that do not require footings, are free standing and can be anchored if necessary.

Hanson's clientele varies from the mid-sized farmers to many of the largest food and grain companies in the world to feed mills, ethanol plants and industrial clients. While the majority of its business is in the upper Midwest and southern Canada it is continuing to expand throughout the 48 states.

Hanson Companies Receives 2009 Best of Lake Lillian Award

U.S. Commerce Association's Award Plaque Honors the Achievement

WASHINGTON D.C., June 8, 2009 -- Hanson Companies has been selected for the 2009 Best of Lake Lillian Award in the Silo Fillers & Unloaders category by the U.S. Commerce Association (USCA).

The USCA "Best of Local Business" Award Program recognizes outstanding local businesses throughout the country. Each year, the USCA identifies companies that they believe have achieved exceptional marketing success in their local community and business category. These are local companies that enhance the positive image of small business through service to their customers and community.

Various sources of information were gathered and analyzed to choose the winners in each category. The 2009 USCA Award Program focused on quality, not quantity. Winners are determined based on the information gathered both internally by the USCA and data provided by third parties.

About U.S. Commerce Association (USCA)

U.S. Commerce Association (USCA) is a Washington D.C. based organization funded by local businesses operating in towns, large and small, across America. The purpose of USCA is to promote local business through public relations, marketing and advertising.

The USCA was established to recognize the best of local businesses in their community. Our organization works exclusively with local business owners, trade groups, professional associations, chambers of commerce and other business advertising and marketing groups. Our mission is to be an advocate for small and medium size businesses and business entrepreneurs across America.

SOURCE: U.S. Commerce Association


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