MATTOON -- The Mattoon Lions Club recently heard a presentation from Josh Green, facility manager for Tate & Lyle at their Coles Station facility along Illinois Route 121.

The Coles Station facility is one of 13 grain elevators that Tate & Lyle operates  in rural Illinois and Indiana. During the peak season, the Coles Station elevator receives approximately 300 trucks per day. This equates to approximately 240,000 bushels of corn, which is their primary commodity. They also receive soybeans from area producers.

Grain is stored throughout the year at the Coles Station facility and is loaded into rail cars to be shipped to various ports and processors. The majority of the corn is shipped to Tate & Lyle Ingredients in Decatur and used to produce food products, along with bi-products for domestic and international consumption.

The Coles Station facility is equipped to load up to 65 rail cars, but typically loads 50 cars at a time. Green explained the process and efficiency of shipping grain by barge along the Illinois and Mississippi river system. He explained that one bushel of corn can be used to produce 380 12-ounce cans of Coke.

Information about joining the Mattoon Lions Club or getting assistance in the purchase of glasses and hearing aids is available by calling Glasses Committee chairman and President Jim Arnholt at 217-234-3401 or Membership Chairman Jeff Nelson at 217-317-1901.

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