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Richardson making improvements at grain facilities

Richardson making improvements at grain facilities

The company is investing in Manitoba and Saskatchewan

By Diego Flammini
Staff Writer
Farms.com

Manitoba grain farmers will have an updated grain elevator to do business at.

Richardson Pioneer Limited announced it is replacing its current wood crib workhouse facility in Swan River, Man., with a new high through put elevator.

“Overall storage capacity is 36,600 metric tonnes,” Tom Hamilton, senior vice president of agribusiness operations, told Farms.com. “It has a 150-car loop track on the (Canadian National Railway) line, the capability to ship 60,000 bushels per hour and to receive up to 30,000 bushels per hour. The elevator can load a grain car in less than five minutes.”

Construction on the elevator is scheduled to begin this spring. Richardson plans to have the elevator operational by August 2022.

The facility in Manitoba isn’t the only one Richardson is investing in.

The company also announced plans to expand production at its crush plan in Yorkton, Sask.

Upon completion, the plant’s processing capacity will double to 2.2 million metric tonnes and be the largest crush plant in Canada.

Construction will begin soon with an estimated completion date of early 2024.

These investments are evidence of the state of Canadian agriculture.

Farmers continued to produce food during the ongoing pandemic. And there’s an appetite for Canadian products globally, Hamilton said.

“Canadian agriculture is strong overall and the need to transport food to an end-use customer is always going to be strong,” he said. “These projects show support to Canadian farmers and the country’s overall ag economy.”


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