Cargill to shut Winnipeg elevator, ag input centre

Agrifood firm Cargill’s Winnipeg-based Canadian arm plans to permanently shut its "outdated" grain elevator and ag input facility on the city’s east side by the end of this month.

The concrete facility on Dugald Road, just south of Canadian National Railway’s Transcona rail yards, includes an 8,000-tonne capacity elevator, crop input dealership and dry fertilizer plant and shed.

"The facility is outdated and would have required significant and costly upgrades to maintain Cargill’s rigorous standards" for safety and efficiency, farm service group manager Jody Magotiaux said in a release Tuesday.

The company said the Winnipeg East site’s customers will have "continued access to crop inputs and fertilizer" and will be able to deliver grain to its other, larger Keystone region elevators, including those at Morris, about 75 km south, and Elm Creek, about 85 km west.

Area farmers will also be able to "utilize alternate direct-to-farm service solutions," the company said.

Five full-time employees at the Winnipeg East facility have all been presented with "transition packages," the company said.

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