CWB plans new concrete in southern Sask.

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The grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board plans to add to its handle in south-central Saskatchewan with a new concrete-and-steel high-throughput elevator.

CWB announced Thursday it will start construction this fall on a 42,000-tonne capacity elevator, plus grain cleaning facilities, on Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) track near Pasqua, Sask., a hamlet about 10 km east of Moose Jaw on Highway 39.

“Pasqua’s central location and easy road access combined with CWB’s friendly customer service will make it a great option for local farmers,” CWB CEO Ian White said in a release.

“It’s also a prime location for CWB, right in the middle of a high-production area and with the ability to ship grain both east and west as well as to the south,” he said. Pasqua is about 180 km north of the U.S. border.

The new elevator, scheduled to open in January 2016, is to include a loop track with a 134-car spot and capacity to load cars at up to 1,600 tonnes per hour, CWB said.

The site will include a concrete work house with about 17,300 tonnes of capacity, plus steel storage bins with about 24,700 tonnes of storage space, the company said.

Since the federal government deregulated the Wheat Board’s single marketing desk for Prairie wheat and barley in 2012, CWB has moved both to build and buy grain handling assets ahead of its full privatization.

CWB in recent months has announced plans to build new elevators at Bloom, west of Portage la Prairie, Man., and at Colonsay, Sask., east of Saskatoon.

The company said Thursday it’s started hiring staff for all three new sites, but also for “other elevator locations yet to be announced.”

General managers and customer service reps are being recruited “immediately,” CWB said, and later in the crop year it plans to hire operations managers, quality assurance managers, cleaner operators and for “various operational and administrative positions.”

CWB in recent months has also bought up independent grain handling facilities, including Great Sandhills Terminal in southwestern Saskatchewan and the Prairie West Terminal group of elevators in western Saskatchewan.

It also now owns the handling assets of Winnipeg-based Mission Terminal, which include a Thunder Bay grain terminal, an elevator west of Brandon, Man., and stakes in three Prairie producer-car loading sites. — Network


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