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JD Heiskell sells Downtown Tulare silo land

December 28,2107-

Grain giant JD Heiskell has sold its original 13-acre site in Downtown Tulare, the location of its now torn-down mill and remaining 6 silos next to the UP railroad. The buyer is a concrete company, NorCal Rail Park, LLC. The owners are affiliated with  Central Valley Concrete says its general manager Brandon Williams.

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NorCal is owned by two entities, the Neal family-Scott Neal and Staci Leonardo, as well as John Lawson of Fresno.

JD Heiskell CEO Scot Hillman says the property includes the 1900-era office where the company was founded, their 6500sf, 1994-built former JD Heiskell corporate office as well the six 100-foot silos and rail spurs off the main UP track.

The property was last used for wheat storage in 2015 but has been vacant since.

“We no longer needed the land and faced potential demolition cost for the silos that worked out fine since the concrete company wants to use the silos for storage.”

“NorCal does have some exciting things planned for the site” says Williams.  They will be making some improvements and modifications to the silos and conveyance system to be able rail in and store a variety of products including concrete materials such as cements and cement replacements, sand & gravel, other building materials, and agricultural commodities.

Not a ready-mix site,Williams calls it “trans-loading facility” bringing in product by rail that is for sale to local construction customers including concrete companies.

We will be hiring 4 or 5 people to start with and expand from there” adds Williams. They are also looking for an experienced person to manage the site.

“This business should be a good one for the City of Tulare since it will be a point-of-sale for concrete products that average $80 to 100 a ton, offering good sales tax revenue to the city figures Williams, who was raised in Tulare but lives now in Merced.

Williams says they plan to lease out the former JDH corporate office on the site.

Hillman says the Downtown Tulare property was no longer needed now that grain storage has been relocated to both Hanford and Pixley and their corporate office relocated some years back to Hillman Street in Tulare. The business dates from 1886 but now the Tulare grain merchant has grow into a national company with $3.1 billion sales as of 2016.

They have feed handling assets and / or offices in Pixley CA, Hanford CA, Gooding ID, Twin Falls ID, Mountain Home ID, Oakbrook IL, Wiggins CO, Friona TX, Goodland TX, Rogers NM, and Portales NM and dynamic trading offices in Elkhorn NE, Ankeny IA, Amarillo TX, Portland OR, Visalia CA, Calipatria CA, Wendell ID, Platteville CO, Stoneham CO, Nephi UT, Adams Center NY, Sangerfield NY, Brandon VT, and Augusta ME.


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