Viterra plans new Red River Valley terminal

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The site where Canada’s biggest grain handler crushes Red River Valley canola will soon also move the valley’s grain.

Viterra announced Tuesday it plans to build a 30,000-tonne capacity high-throughput grain terminal near its canola crush plant at Ste. Agathe, Man.

The site, which has access both to Canadian National (CN) and BNSF rail lines, is to include a 124-car rail spot.

Viterra, owned by commodity firm Glencore Xstrata, has a “long history of operating in this area and partnering with local farmers, and this new facility will support our continued success and ensure that we are well positioned to provide the superior service for which we are known,” Kyle Jeworski, the grain handler’s CEO for North America, said in a release.

Ste. Agathe is about 25 km south of Winnipeg, where Viterra also operates a 25,000-tonne capacity elevator.

Other nearby Viterra facilities include an elevator and bean processing plant at Carman, about 65 km west of Ste. Agathe, and a smaller elevator at Rosser, northwest of Winnipeg.

The investment at Ste. Agathe, Jeworski said, is “another excellent example of our commitment to continuously evaluate and optimize our asset network for the benefit of our customers.”

Regina-based Viterra bought the “cold press” canola crushing plant at Ste. Agathe in 2009 from Associated Proteins for $64 million.

The plant rose in 1998 as the anchor tenant of an industrial park on the community’s west side, built by a Kincardine, Ont. company, Canadian Agra Foods, under whose ownership the facility was mothballed before going into production.

Associated took full ownership in 2005, at first partnering with the plant’s general contractor, Ellis-Don, to restart production in 2004. — Network



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