DAY TWO TO FIVE — This is the progress made to the United Grain elevator after one full day of pouring concrete. The slip pouring process will last seven days, with the structure eventually reaching 164 feet. Below: After five days of pouring concrete, Younglove Construction is moving right along on the grain elevator for United Grain. I-O Photos by Adam Jerome
By Adam Jerome, I-O Reporter
Recently, United Grain has begun construction on one million bushel wheat facility. The project is taking place three miles southwest of Conrad on the Pendroy Road.
Younglove Construction has been working on the project since they arrived in March.
The truck receiving, railroad load out facility should be completed by the end of 2012, weather permitting.
Last Friday, the concrete slipping began. At 8 a.m. the pouring began. It will take seven days to complete the 164 foot structure. With two shifts, 12 hours each, concrete is being poured continuously. The concrete is poured at a rapid pace as the project grows 24 feet a day.
It takes a crew of 75 people per shift to maintain the torrid pace. The crew working in the summer heat has stayed hydrated by consuming close to two gallons of water per person, per shift.
Over 6,000 cubic yards of concrete will be used in all when the project is complete. Concrete has been obtained from all over including Great Falls and Choteau, with most of it coming from right here in Conrad.