SUNRISE GRAIN DIVISION
Sunrise Cooperative’s grain division is headquartered in the newly renovated Corporate Headquarters in Fremont, Ohio. The grain division is the combination of many smaller cooperatives that were started in the 1930’s and 1940’s in north central Ohio. Most of the early cooperatives were small elevators that were built in conjunction with feed mills. Over the years, the small elevator/feed mill gave way to the construction of bigger concrete houses built in the 1950’s through the mid 1970’s. As technology advanced, equipment got bigger and steel became the next wave of big storage facilities. Commercial capacity had to increase as yields continually improved.
Sunrise Cooperative operates three grain terminals. Clyde and Clarksfield are a combination of concrete and steel storage, and Crestline is new facility built in 2003 using both steel and concrete construction. Clyde is a mainline Norfolk Southern 85 car train loader with 8 million bushels of space. Crestline is a mainline CSXT 90 car train loader with 6.9 million bushels of space. Clarksfield is a short line Wheeling Lake Erie train loader which can load both CSXT and Norfolk Southern unit trains. It has 8.5 million bushels of space. All of the terminals feature easy access, fast unloading, the latest technology in equipment application and monitoring, such as Smart Truck RFID Scale System. Sunrise also has facilities on the WLE at Monroeville and New Washington with a combined space of over 3 million bushels and each having 25 car rail sidings.
The Sunrise grain division has grown over the years; grain marketing programs have also evolved. To implement these programs Sunrise has a well trained staff of grain originators at the Fremont office, with some being located at the terminals. After a customer’s grain is marketed, funds can be electronically transferred to their bank for quick and safe availability.
Sunrise Cooperative markets over 50 million bushels of grain annually through these facilities, and has contractual agreements with end users like Star of the West, a wheat miller in Kent, Ohio, and Tate and Lyle, an ethanol and corn sweetener producer in Loudon, TN. We also market corn to the livestock producers in the southeast, and export wheat off the east coast. Many of our beans go to processors both locally and in the south. It is evident Sunrise has many options when handling grain and always strives to pay top dollar for the customer’s production.