New "Korn" chamber in the Warburg district
For an investment sum of around 8 million euros, AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH, a subsidiary of AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, north of the town Warburg, established a new agricultural trade location. "The demand for agriculture and from agriculture are increasing," said Johannes Schulte-Althoff, AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG Member of the Board of Directors on Wednesday at the symbolic first groundbreaking for the building project.
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- Symbolic groundbreaking for the new AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH location in Warburg (from left): Dr Philipp Spinne, Agricultural Centres Area Manager for AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Antonius Tillmann, Agricultural District Association, Dr. Josef Lammers, Agricultural Chamber, Johannes Hofnagel, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH, Johannes Schulte-Althoff, Member of the Board of Directors at AGRAVIS Raiffeisen AG, Rainer Spellerberg, Municipal Administrator for Hohenwepel, Mayor Michael Stickeln, Anton Güthoff, Municipal Administrator for Dössel, Gabi Beckmann, Acting District Farmer, and Acting District Administrator Heinz-Günter Koßmann.
Agriculture needs high-performance agricultural trading on its side. AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH with its 86 employees divided across six locations within the region, is allegedly such a partner and is developing its might with a new, modern location between the Warburg districts Hohenwepel and Dössel.
Agricultural centres such as AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH belong to the regional flagships of the AGRAVIS Group and operate direct business with the agriculture. Schulte-Althoff explained that the AGRAVIS Group generated a turnover of 2.7 billion euros in the 2015 fiscal year from this distribution channel.
Johannes Hofnagel, Managing Director of AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH, underlined that the current locations Landfurt in Warburg and Eissen have become outdated and did not provide the option of expansion. It is for that reason that the decision was taken to merge the two locations and to erect a new construction. The Raiffeisen market at Landfurt and the Lüktefeld warehouse in Warburg will continue to operate. "In future we will have a larger storage capacity, a higher admission capacity, we will therefore be more efficient, quicker, quite simply even better than we are today," said Hofnagel regarding the "new 'Korn' chamber" for agriculture in Warburg Börde. "By merging we will quite significantly increase our own agricultural might within the region." Hofnagel directed this signal at the representative for agricultural organisations present, amongst which were Dr. Josef Lammers, Managing Director of the Agricultural Chamber Brakel; Antonius Tillmann, Chairman of the Agricultural District Association; as well as representative district farmer and Chair of the Landfrauen (Rural Women's Assembly), Gabi Beckmann. With its new, modern location, AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH is keeping pace with increased performance, which could also claim the agriculture in the region for itself.
Over the coming months storage capacities will be erected in the form of four silos for about 22,000 tonnes of cereals and oilseeds on the 45,000 square metre property, in addition to storage areas for fertiliser and crop protection means, such as packaged goods for 600 pallets. 180 square metres of floor space will be kept for a new office building. Firstly, during the first construction phase half of the plot will be cultivated.
"Agriculture is at home in the Höxter District," explained the representative district administrator Heinz-Günter Koßmann in his welcoming address. He went on to say that the entire economy within the district is of great significance to the audience. 13 per cent of all employed people are allegedly active in agriculture, this is around 10 per cent higher than the national average. "AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH with the AGRAVIS Group as its parent company are making a clear commitment with their investment to the region and to the continuous strengthening of agriculture. For this, as a district, we are very grateful."
The Mayor of Warburg, Michael Stickeln, also expressed his satisfaction at the success of finding a new Kornhaus location in the municipal area. "It is positioned very favourably with respect to the road network and will clearly improve the inner-town area situation. I look forward to continual good relations between Hansestadt Warburg and AGRAVIS Kornhaus Ostwestfalen GmbH, and hope that they continue to develop well here in the heart of Warburg Börde."
The company's aim is to first process the cereal intake of the 2017 harvest at its new location.