Richardson to build in S. Alta. inputs market

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Prairie grain handler Richardson International is moving to shore up its presence in southern Alberta’s crop inputs market with a new dealership.

The Winnipeg company announced Wednesday it will build a new crop inputs centre at Three Hills, about 65 km east of Olds, starting this fall to open and begin operating next spring.

“The Three Hills/Trochu area has always been a great production area and we are excited to make a permanent investment there,” Russ Reich, senior director in zone 2 for Richardson Pioneer, the company’s grain arm.

The area around Three Hills and Trochu, about 15 km north, was a “gap” in Richardson Pioneer’s Prairie crop inputs network, the company said in a release.

The new “state-of-the-art” inputs facility will sell “industry-leading products and services,” the company said, noting farmers in the area can still contract grain and deliver to Richardson Pioneer elevators at Olds and at Carseland, about 110 km south of Three Hills.

Richardson noted it also recently built a new 32,000-tonne capacity fertilizer distribution centre at Carseland, expected to be fully operational next month. The Carseland facility will be Richardson’s sixth Prairie fertilizer distribution centre. — Network


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