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WINNIPEG, MANITOBA – Cargill today announced plans to construct a new grain terminal in McLennan, Alberta, which is set to open in the fall of 2012.
The terminal will be built on the same site as Cargill’s new crop inputs distribution centre, which opened in May 2011.
“We are committed to investing in the Peace River region and are proud to be able to provide our valued producers with a truly customer-driven facility to meet their evolving farm business needs,” said Mike Witkowicz, Cargill AgHorizons Farm Service Group Manager.
The new 28,000 metric tonne (MT) facility will double Cargill’s grain-handling capacity in the area. The facility will be able to load rail cars at a rate of 50,000 bushels per hour. This means that Cargill will be able to load 104 rail cars in less than 12 hours; making it one of the most efficient grain terminals in northern Alberta.
In addition to the grain facility, the crop inputs distribution centre includes a 5,000 sq foot chemical and seed shed, a 240 MT fertilizer blending tower and two 50 MT bins for straight product loading. The fertilizer distribution and blending system will allow Cargill to load out around 8 Super B loads per hour. These improvements will enable farmers to transport their grain and load fertilizer in one trip, allowing for more efficient and economical hauling and freight. A 13,000 MT fertilizer shed also will open fall 2011.
“By providing physical elevator space we have been able to address a key farm business need. Also, critical to our customer’s success, is the ability to market their grain. Cargill will provide physical grain elevator capacity and our grain marketing knowledge and tools to help our farm customers succeed,” Witkowicz added.
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