Bin Collapses at ADM Grain Processing Site in Missouri

April 16, 2020

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Bin Collapses at ADM Grain Processing Site in Missouri
A corn bin collapsed at the ADM grain processing facility in LaBelle, MO on Wednesday. Image courtesy of Lewis County Sheriff’s Office on Facebook

Several homes were evacuated after a grain bin collapsed Wednesday at a grain processing plant operated by agribusiness Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) in LaBelle, MO, according to the Lewis County Sheriff’s Office. Several parts of LaBelle lost power when the bin fell down at 12:55 a.m. 

“The bin completely collapsed onto itself and corn is across 7th Street, but there is no damage to surrounding homes,” the sheriff’s office said in a statement posted to its Facebook page. “A few homes have been evacuated prior to the collapse.”

The sheriff’s office responded to the site prior to the collapse on Tuesday afternoon after ADM found a small buckle toward the bottom of the bin. Officials told the Quincy Herald-Whig that ADM moved all vehicles from the facility after noises were heard coming from the bin. 

After the bin fell down, specialized crews arrived at the site to remove an unstable leg. 

An estimated 135,000 bushels of corn were in the bin when the collapse occurred on Wednesday, Lewis County Sheriff David Parrish said in the Herald-Whig’s coverage. 

ADM announced plans in 2011 to add a new grain storage bin in LaBelle with a 720,000-bushel capacity, along with a 140,000-bushel wet storage bin, corn dryer and a receiving pit.

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