Regional Winner 2007
|Sitting on the outskirts of historic Bridgeton, NJ, GROWMARK FS, LLC is everything but old. The company broke ground at the location in September 2005 and opened its doors to the community in March 2006. Since plans for the location were developed, the goal has been improved security and environmental stewardship.
“We built this facility for safety,” says Bill Volkmar, crop sales specialist. “Both of our other locations were outdated and did not have rail facilities, proper drainage, or adequate storage. We needed to make the updates for our neighbors, for the township, and for GROWMARK.”
The new location was chosen specifically for its rail access and the fact it is 100% self-contained, with few immediate neighbors. The company had problems with adequate drainage at the old facility, so it incorporated standard concrete drains and loading pads into the design. All products are blended inside and then loaded on a covered and diked concrete pad. Rubber mats and a drain on the railroad tracks ensure nothing spills on the ground during the unloading of railcars.
“All of our load-out areas are self-contained in order to comply with EPA regulations, aid in clean-up in case of a spill, and avoid any contamination of our underground water supply,” says Hatz. “We have made great strides by building this new facility,” he adds. “With the importance we have placed on the environment, we believe we can achieve great things.”