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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.