BizBeat: Jefferson City River Terminal adding silos, storage capacity

Two new silos are under construction for the Jefferson City River Terminal, which is operated by Capital Sand Company. (Provided/Jason Branstetter)
Two new silos are under construction for the Jefferson City River Terminal, which is operated by Capital Sand Company. (Provided/Jason Branstetter)

Two new structures are on their way up across from Deborah Cooper Park as the Jefferson City River Terminal expands its storage capacity with two new silos.

The terminal, which is operated by Capital Sand Company, is the group's largest and is used to unload bulk products from barges on the Missouri River. The new silos will reach heights of 100 feet and span 36 feet in diameter, adding around 6,000 tons of additional storage.

Operations Manager Jason Branstetter said the project got underway in November and would likely be operational in early summer.

"We're excited because this is going to make the terminal more efficient," Branstetter said. "It's still under construction. We're anticipating probably a June 1 startup date."

"The silos will be used to store Portland cement," he continued. "We barge the cement to our terminal and then it is distributed to ready-mix concrete plants in the Central Missouri area."

Portland cement is powder used as an ingredient in ready-mix concrete, he said.

Branstetter said the existing silos at the terminal were built in the 1980s and have a 1,500-ton capacity.

The company provides several services beyond transloading, including landscaping, construction, sport and play, and industrial and frac sand. With several sites across Missouri, it recently expanded into the Arkansas market with locations in Harrisburg that opened last year.

"Our main function over here is capital sand company. So that's what the majority of general public kind of knows us as, but we also operate the river terminal," Branstetter said. "We're all on the same piece of property and run by the same folks."

Capital Sand is located at 700 Mokane Rd. in Jefferson City. Visit capitalsandcompany.com for more information.

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