On May 27, the tallest grain silo ever moved was transported approximately 300 yards on Kreider Farms in Manheim, Pa. From its new location, the 100-ft.-tall, 480,000-lb. silo will serve as an observation tower overlooking the Lancaster County countryside. The ribbon cutting for the tower is scheduled for fall 2015.That would have been a nerve-wracking three hours.
“The observation tower will be an addition to our farm’s tour,” said Ron Kreider, president and CEO of Kreider Farms. “It’s another way we try to educate the public about the importance of agriculture in our society. We’ve been giving tours of our farm for 10 years, and they are very popular with school children and adult groups.”
The move was handled by Wolfe House & Building Movers in Bernville, Pa. The company, which moves well over 100 homes per year, had never moved a silo of this size, and it is thought that the Kreider silo was the largest cylindrical silo ever moved in American history.
The silo was transported using a huge hydraulic dolly with more than 60 wheels. Brackets were bolted to the silo and supported by steel beams on top of the dolly. The silo moved at about two feet per minute, and the entire relocation lasted a little more than three hours – about half the expected time.