Two additions to the Prairie skyline have taken shape in Manitoba and Saskatchewan and are now serving Western Canadian farmers.
Federated Co-operatives Ltd (FCL) has commissioned state-of-the-art, high-throughput fertilizer terminals in Brandon, Manitoba, and Saskatoon, Saskatchewan. Both facilities warehouse, blend and distribute a complete suite of crop nutrition products for Co-op locations and agricultural producers throughout the Prairies.
The 68 000 ft2 terminal in Brandon has the capacity to house 27 500 metric t of fertilizer. The second terminal in Hanley, Saskatchewan, is 96 000 ft2 and has the capacity to store 45 000 metric t of fertilizer. The facilities were constructed on a combined budget of US$75 million.
"Co-op and Western Canadian farmers have enjoyed a long and successful partnership, which will continue to grow into the future with this significant investment,” said Scott Banda, CEO of FCL, which is owned by more than 190 autonomous retail co-ops that form the Co-operative Retailing System in Western Canada.
"With centralised fertilizer distribution, the Co-operative Retailing System can provide producers with everything they need — including fuel, animal feed, crop inputs, grain handling equipment and more — in a single stop, which makes us truly unique in Western Canada."
Construction of the facilities in Hanley and Brandon was announced in 2016 and was completed on schedule. Both terminals began receiving and shipping product in April.
The Hanley facility currently has five full-time employees, while the Brandon facility has four.
Each terminal can load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric t of straight fertilizer in an hour.
Rail access allows both facilities to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers, while each terminal is centrally located for distribution to Co-op Agro Centres across Western Canada.
"Co-op has become synonymous with supporting our farmers and has further strengthened its reputation by delivering to the needs of communities across the Prairies,” said the Honourable Ralph Eichler, Minister of Agriculture for the Province of Manitoba. “This terminal is a welcome addition to Co-op's thriving presence in Manitoba and will only further serve our province’s agriculture industry."