This article is taken from the July 27USDA Grain Transportation Report

On July 18, a new grain export facility opened at the Port of Milwaukee.

The new intermodal transload facility, operated by The DeLong Co., is expected mainly to move distillers’ dried grains with solubles (DDGS), but it will also ship soybeans, corn, and other grains.

The facility will move DDGS and grain received by truck or rail (on either the Union Pacific or Canadian Pacific Kansas City Railroads) to handysize bulk vessels for international export through the Great Lakes-St. Lawrence Seaway system.

The new facility has a storage capacity of 45,000 metric tons (1,700,000 bushels) and a load rate of 6,000 metric tons per day, with a rail track capacity of 100 hopper cars.

Up to now, a significant portion of DDGS produced by Wisconsin’s nine ethanol plants have been trucked to Chicago for container shipment.

By providing a new DDGS export opportunity in Wisconsin, the Port of Milwaukee estimates that the new facility will eliminate 1,600 truck trips annually.

The new facility also has the potential to serve ethanol plants in Iowa and Minnesota.