The grain elevators in Amana were among the first built in the State of Iowa. The one in Amana was located near the railroad for ease of transport of grains. It employed about 16 men in old Amana. The grain consisted of 5,000 bushels of rye, 16,000 bushels of barley, 10,000 bushels of wheat, and 90,000 bushels of corn sold mostly to outside markets in neighboring states at the time. The tall gray building with its interesting machinery inside, still stands on the south side of Amana.