As the beams go up in Big Spring, Texas, Howard County’s largest city is getting even bigger. In an effort to better serve Plains Cotton Cooperative Association’s (PCCA) members, the construction of a new cotton warehouse has begun and is projected to finish in time for the 2009-10 cotton crop.
Currently, PCCA’s Warehouse Division operates cotton storage facilities in Rule and Sweetwater, Texas, Altus and Frederick, Oklahoma, and Liberal, Kansas. PCCA’s TELMARK Division also owns a facility in Memphis, Texas. With the Big Spring warehouse, PCCA’s Warehouse Division will have storage capacity in excess of one million bales.
In this first-year phase, the cooperative has plans to employ at least six people and construct two warehouse buildings in Big Spring. Upon completion, a total of 100,000 bales easily can be stored in the 330,000 square-foot and 170,000 square-foot buildings.
“We’re very excited about the new warehouse facility,” said Church. “Our latest expansion will be a great benefit to our members due to the fact that we’ll be able to store bales more economically and efficiently.”