Giant silo moved: Will serve as observation tower

By on June 3, 2015

How do you attempt the largest silo move ever? Very strategically. At least, that’s how Kreider Farms in Manheim went about it on May 27.

Kreider Farms moved a 100-foot tall, 480,000 pound grain silo the distance of approximately three football fields to where it will serve as an observation tower overlooking the Lancaster countryside.

This was the largest silo relocation ever handled by the move contractor, Wolfe House & Building Movers, and is the largest cylindrical silo ever moved in American history. This new observation tower is part of the Kreider family’s personal commitment to farming, land stewardship and educating the public about the importance of agriculture in Lancaster County, the United States and around the world.

Wolfe House & Building Movers used special heavy equipment to very slowly relocate the Kreiders’ silo. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

Wolfe House & Building Movers used special heavy equipment to very slowly relocate the Kreiders’
silo. (Photo by Preston Whitcraft)

“I forgot how it looks from up there because I haven’t been up there for many years,” said Ron Kreider, who recently attempted another trip to the top, told reporters. “I made it about halfway up and my knees started shaking so bad — so I only got a view from halfway up, but it is beautiful.”

Founded in 1935, Kreider Farms is one of Pennsylvania’s largest dairy farms, supplying fresh, high-quality eggs, milk, drinks and premium batch-churned ice cream. The third-generation, family-owned and operated company includes more than 2,500 acres for its egg-laying chickens and cows, as well as a milk bottling and ice cream plant. Kreider Farms offers farm tours as part of its effort to educate the public about sustainable farming. For more information, visit kreiderfarms.com or facebook.com/kreiderfarms.

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