MANSFIELD – Good news for area farmers, Centerra Co-Op’s Mansfield facility has increased its grain storage capacity by roughly 25% to 5.2 million bushels. This long-awaited expansion was no small feat, and it took some heavy lifting. Literally, according to a news release from the company.

The new grain bin and conveyor bridge amounts to about a $4 million investment by Centerra into expanding the co-op’s services and storage capacity for its members, according to the company.

Centerra is an agricultural cooperative with more than 30 locations in Ohio and Pennsylvania.

Its Mansfield facility is the co-op’s largest grain storage facility, processing anywhere from 10-15 million bushels of grain each year.

The additional capacity comes from Centerra’s newest bin, which can store up to 1 million bushels of grain. This new bin is situated next to one that is nearly identical, and on March 3, the two were connected by a 197 foot-long, 76,000-pound conveyor bridge.