Art Pardue and Herb Sammons started construction on the Pardue elevator 12 miles west of Cut Bank, MT in 1959. By 1964 they had 285,000 bushels of storage and a railroad spur they owned. They used this private facility to ship grain grown on Pardue's land. In 1970 Herb purchased Art's interest in the facility. In 1986 Pardue Grain became incorporated with Herb, Phyllis, and Roger Sammons as stockholders. In 1994 Roger and Lisa Sammons acquired the stock in Pardue Grain, Inc.
Pardue elevator has mainly been a storage facility. It stored government wheat in the 1980's. Since the late 90's we have been handling waxy barley, "Sustagrain" trademarked by Ardent Mills. The volume of waxy barley being stored and handled increased dramatically in the late 2000’s. In 2010 we added six 30,000 bushel bins and a 220,000-bushel flat warehouse to handle the increasing storage needs. In 2013 we purchased six hopper bins to handle pulse crops easier and minimize damage to the crop. Pulse inventory rotates many times in a year through each of these bins.
In 2016 we purchased a cleaner and the support equipment necessary to perform the cleaning and tote bagging operations. We have cleaned 4 different types of chick peas, 3 different varieties of lentils, and yellow and green peas. Since buying the cleaner we have purchased additional screens that allow us to deal with the diversity of the physical shapes of each crop.
Since it appears that the market has the need for processing, we are seriously looking into building a processing plant. This will be more efficient and thorough than the manner in which we are currently cleaning. We are basically offering a "market" cleaning service to minimize the shipment of dockage. We have received several requests for a much more thorough processing which includes length separation, color sorting, destoning, sizing, and bagging in different sized bags.
About Roger Sammons
Roger Sammons has been active in the pulse industry the past several years. He has grown many different types of pulses and understands the nuances of raising a pulse crop. With his custom harvesting experience and involvement with various pulse organizations, he has met many pulse growers throughout the state. Roger has met and dealt with many of the pulse buyers as well in North Central Montana. Roger currently serves on the Business Board of the USA Dry Pea and Lentil Council and was recently appointed by Governor Steve Bullock to the Montana Pulse Crop Committee (MPCC).
Roger has toured many pulse processing plants in the past few years and is anxious to build a processing line at the Pardue Grain facility. We are currently upgrading our railroad spur from a 4 car spur to a 10 car spur. We are also installing a 110’ truck scale installation. These improvements are necessary before a pulse processing line can be built. Our anticipated production from a processing line is 2,000,000 pounds per week which is about 10 railroad cars of product. We will be able to load both hoppers and box car as well as trucks.