Gov. Jay Nixon on Friday helped cut the ribbon at a new grain elevator on the riverfront in Canton. A grant from the state of Missouri assisted local officials in acquiring and clearing several blighted properties along the Mississippi River in Canton, where the new grain elevator now stands.
The governor was joined at the ceremony by members of the Ursa Farmers’ Cooperative, which owns the facility, as well as by officials from the city of Canton and from the Lewis County Industrial Development Authority, the lead local entity on the project.
With the opening of the new grain elevator, farmers in Lewis County and other northeast Missouri counties no longer will have to transport their grain by ferry to an elevator located across the Mississippi River from Canton, or have to drive more than 20 miles to the nearest bridge across the river.
In October 2010, Gov. Nixon went to Canton to announce the awarding of a Community Development Block Grant of $1,99 million by the state to assist in acquiring and clearing 10 blighted properties at the site of the new grain elevator. The site was formerly the location of Tri-State Fertilizer, an agricultural chemical company.
As part of this developmental process, the property was cleared and environmental violations and contamination on the property were remediated. After the site was prepared, Ursa Farmers’ Cooperative invested $6 million to construct the facility.