Cargill to shut SW Ont. grain elevator

Cargill’s Canadian arm plans to close its grain elevator and crop input retail site at Strathroy in southwestern Ontario by the end of this month.

Cargill AgHorizons’ staff and various business operations at Strathroy, about 25 km west of London, will be shifted effective July 1 to its elevator and retail site at nearby Melbourne, Cargill said Friday.

“Our facility in Melbourne is newer and better equipped to handle a greater storage capacity,” Andrei Grigore, Cargill’s farm service group manager, said in a release.

Winnipeg-based Cargill said its four staff members at the Strathroy site are “all being provided with equal opportunities to work in Melbourne,” about 20 km south.

The Melbourne facility includes 33,000 tonnes of grain storage capacity, Grigoire said, compared to 12,000 at the Strathroy site, which dates back to the late 1970s. Cargill bought the Strathroy facility from Maple Leaf Mills in 1988.

Other Cargill AgHorizons grain handling sites near Strathroy are at Greenway, 40 km north; Talbotville, 40 km southeast; and Shetland, 50 km southwest.

The closure at Strathroy will have no impact on the continued operations of Cargill’s Agribrands Purina livestock feed manufacturing plant at Strathroy, one of three Purina feed plants in southwestern Ontario.

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