An expansion-minded international pulse-packing and export firm has pledged up to $50 million for a new Saskatchewan plant to process pulse crops for flours and food ingredients and durum into semolina for pasta.
Alliance Grain Traders (AGT) recently announced construction work on the plant is to begin in 2012 in the Global Transportation Hub (GTH), a new Regina industrial development devoted to transportation and logistics facilities needing central road, rail and intermodal access. The AGT complex is planned as a milling facility to process durum for the production of its Arbella pasta brand in Canada, and to process pulse crops into pulse flours, starches, proteins and fibres.
AGT expects its distribution centre, to be built at the same site, will capitalize on the availability of ocean containers, trucks and intermodal container units at the Global Transportation Hub for domestic and export shipments. Canadian Pacific Railway has previously announced it will build a new intermodal facility at the GTH.
Upon the completion of the new plant, expected in mid-2012, the AGT facility is expected to generate 60 full-time jobs. The open-marketing system will encourage further processing of board crops on the Prairies.