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Grain elevators were once gleaming landmarks on the plains, now many are peeling and gray

Apr 23, 2018 at 05:21 PM CST

MIAMI — Go drive to Miami, Oklahoma, and gaze upon an anomaly rarely seen on the Great Plains — a newly painted grain elevator. Or almost newly painted.

“We painted it just a few years ago,” says Gary Beachner, CEO of Beachner Grain located in Parsons, Kansas. “It was very expensive, but the facility was turning gray and not looking good.”