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Gavilon Grain assets acquired by Columbia Grain, office will remain in Lind


In a news release on June 3, Columbia Grain International, LLC announced that it had acquired all grain handling assets of Lind’s Gavilon Grain Group, LLC.

The assets acquired by Columbia Grain includes 15 grain handling facilities in Ritzville, Moses Lake, Othello and Washtucna, as well as a certified-seed processing plant in Lind. The acquisition was effective on June 1. The transaction will link Columbia Grain’s existing grain elevators in Whitman County with facilities throughout Adams County.

The news release also clarified that all operations and personnel will continue, on an uninterrupted basis, serving the growers of the region. The office will remain in Lind, and all personnel will continue with Columbia Grain. Gerald Meehl will continue as the local manager and Lane Hannas will continue to provide marketing and seed services through the Lind office.

“We are thrilled to expand our operating footprint in this vital wheat growing area,” said Jeff VanPevenage, President and CEO of Columbia Grain, in the news release. “Columbia Grain has been serving Spokane and Palouse area wheat growers for over 40 years and we’re happy to bring our marketing expertise, financial strength and long history of customer service to the areas in and around Lind.”

“This expansion allows us to integrate a broader geography into our origination system while building on our strong tradition of community minded, local investment. We are excited about the opportunity to improve the grain handling and seed supply options for local growers.

Columbia Grain is headquartered in Portland, and has a licensed warehouse storage capacity of over 60 million bushels and owns or operates 55 grain elevators.


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