Orange City, Iowa — The size and shape of Northwestern College’s campus in Orange City is likely going to change. Northwestern officials report they have reached an agreement to purchase more than six acres that adjoin the southwest portion of the campus from Alceco.
The property, just west of the Rowenhorst Student Center, currently houses Alceco’s Orange City operations and includes a grain elevator, former feed mill, offices, Cenex convenience store and storage sheds. Activities at the Orange City site, operated by Ag Partners—a joint venture between Alceco and Cargill—will be consolidated with Alceco’s Alton facilities, which include a two-million bushel grain storage expansion that was completed last summer. The contract calls for Northwestern to take possession of the property on April 1.
Both sides call it a win-win, as the grain facility on the site is aging and it can only receive grain at a fraction of the speed of the facility in Alton. Plus the transaction gives Northwestern an opportunity to reconsider future expansion.
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