In 1995, Don Kittler was a lot like other farmers in the flat Delta country around Carlisle, AR, producing rice, soybeans, and wheat in rotation.
In the beginning, he purchased a small elevator for handling specialty soybeans. By the beginning of 2000, he had 8,000 acres of area farmland under contract to produce natto soybeans. The existing facility simply lacked enough storage capacity to handle the volume of soybeans under contract.
In February 2000, K & K Farm Service, Inc., acting as its own contractor, began construction of an all-steel 250,000-bushel elevator north of Carlisle to handle the increased volume. The facility was finished in July, 2000. Due to increased demand, this facility's capacity has since been increased to 2,550,000 bu.