BLOOMINGTON, ILLINOIS - Bloomington, Illinois-based GROWMARK, Inc., announced it acquired the Little England terminal in East Liverpool, Ohio from S.H. Bell Company. The property is located northeast of GROWMARK's current operation and has direct access to the Ohio River.

The transaction includes a river unloading cell, storage facilities, an office, scale, and crane. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

Rod Wells, director, agronomy sales and operations, said the acquisition will enhance current operations, provide additional storage capacity, and improve overall operational efficiency. "This will also give us another option to offload barges at East Liverpool, which is a high volume facility. Additionally, this will enhance our service to customers and those who are responsible for shipping product by truck from East Liverpool," he said.

Wells noted the purchase is an additional component of a major upgrade to the East Liverpool facility, which began two years ago with the addition of new unloading equipment at the original Ohio River site. The upgrade project continued in 2010 with added automation at the current truck scale facility.

GROWMARK, Inc. is a cooperative providing agriculture-related products and services, as well as grain marketing in 31 states and Ontario, Canada.

GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used by affiliated member cooperatives. More information is available at www.growmark.com.

SOURCE: GROWMARK, Inc.