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Work is now underway on Richardson Pioneer Limited’s new modern, high throughput grain elevator.
This modern terminal grain elevator comes as a result of a number of months of work and development efforts involving the Town of High Level and Richardson Pioneer. Construction of the high-efficiency facility is slated for completion in the fall of 2020.
Mayor Crystal McAteer said the project comes as welcome news to the community.
“The new Richardson Pioneer grain elevator is a dream come true for the Town of High Level,” she said. “It will provide jobs, and now local farmers will be able to save valuable time and thousands of dollars in transportation costs from not having to drive all the way to other grain handling facilities.”
This particular region continues to be a consistent producer of high quality grains and oilseeds.
“The High Level area, with its solid and loyal customer base, is an important market for us,” said Darwin Sobkow, Executive Vice-President, Operations. “The construction of this new facility, along with the recently acquired crop input business in La Crete, shows our long-term commitment to the area and ensures we will be able to meet our customers’ growing needs.”
The new elevator will include 32,000 metric tonnes of storage space and will be capable of loading 135 cars through a loop track design. It will replace the existing Richardson Pioneer 6,500 metric tonne wooden crib elevator currently located in High Level. Once operational, the new facility will work closely with Richardson Pioneer’s La Crete crop inputs business, which was acquired from AgLand Seed and Chemical Limited in February of 2019.
The new site will also incorporate a section of land formerly occupied by the High Level Agricultural Society. In order to facilitate the new project, the Town has been working with the Ag Society to relocate to a new site nearby and are currently working to prepare the lot in advance.
“Town council and administration are extremely grateful to the High Level Agricultural Society for seeing the benefit of the new grain terminal to the entire region and once again agreeing to move their infrastructure to a new location,” said McAteer. “The Town could not have accomplished this great feat without the full cooperation of the Agricultural Society board.”
The new facility will be serviced by CN and Richardson is grateful for their support of the project and commitment to the marketplace.
“Richardson has an ongoing, aggressive commitment to further investment in Canadian agriculture,” says Sobkow. “We will continue to enhance our business and pursue new growth opportunities to meet the needs of our customers at home and in world markets.”
Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products.