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CP names Hazel, Minn., Elevator of the Year

Aerial image of the Hazel eleavator

The Hazel, Minn., grain terminal was awarded U.S. Elevator of the Year by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

Oct 27, 2020

CHS Northland Grain’s Hazel, Minn., terminal has been named U.S. Elevator of the Year by Canadian Pacific Railway (CP).

Image of the Hazel elevator crewThe Hazel grain terminal crew safely and efficiently loaded 4,255 railcars of grain with CP during the 2019-2020 crop year. Pictured are (l. to r.): front row: Kurt Sundquist and DuWayne Thompson, general manager, CHS Northland Grain; back row: Steve Miller, Hazel location manager, Cody Lilienthal, Jordan Rondorf and Jim Larson. 
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CP presents this award annually to the grain elevators that achieve high volumes from a single loading point while consistently demonstrating efficient railcar loading and a strong commitment to safety. For the 2019-2020 crop year, CP is recognizing elevators on both sides of the border. Viterra Gull Lake was named Canadian Elevator of the Year.

CHS Northland Grain is a CHS Country Operations business unit managed out of St. Hilaire, Minn. Its Hazel elevator is located in the heart of U.S. grain territory. The facility has the capacity to load up to 110-car trains which are sent to both domestic and international markets. During the 2019-2020 crop year, the Hazel team shipped 4,255 railcars of grain with CP.

"CHS is honored its Hazel elevator and CHS Northland Grain team have been recognized with this award,” says Rick Dusek, executive vice president, CHS Country Operations. “We greatly value the partnership and operational efficiency the Canadian Pacific railroad provides and are proud of our shared commitment to worker and community safety."

Steve Miller, location manager at Hazel, said having the right people is the biggest advantage.

“We’re committed,” says Steve. “Our four-man crew works evenings and nights, weekends and holidays to load these 105-car shuttles in 24 hours.” At times, the terminal’s manpower receives assistance from employees of Oklee and St. Hilaire in loading the shuttles. About 45 percent of these 400,000-plus bushel trains are wheat, about 40 precent are soybeans and about 15 percent are corn.

"CP is proud to recognize CHS Northland Grain Hazel’s terminal with U.S. Elevator of the Year for the 2019-2020 crop year," says Joan Hardy, vice president, sales and marketing, grain and fertilizers, CP. "This elevator is a leader in its field and has contributed to CP moving more grain and grain products in this past crop year than ever before, supplying the world with high quality North American products."

Read the press release here.