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Richard­son In­ter­na­tional eases tran­si­tion through com­mu­ni­ca­tion

Winnipeg Free Press - Section H - - FRONT PAGE - SUE KATH­LER

WITH its agree­ment to pur­chase Viterra as­sets — in­clud­ing grain han­dling, crop in­put and pro­cess­ing fa­cil­i­ties — Win­nipeg-based Richard­son In­ter­na­tional has taken its right­ful place on the in­ter­na­tional stage and will soon as­sume the ti­tle of Canada’s largest agribusi­ness. Richard­son is a world­wide han­dler and mer­chan­diser of Cana­dian-grown grains and oilseeds, and its wealth of ex­per­tise in agri­cul­ture, oilseed pro­cess­ing and food pack­ag­ing has made it a global busi­ness leader and one of Canada’s 50 Best Man­aged Com­pa­nies.

“We’ve stepped back and taken a good look at our busi­ness to make sure we are com­pet­i­tive in a global con­text,” pres­i­dent and CEO Curt Vossen says. “To do that, we have had to un­der­stand the en­vi­ron­ment we’re op­er­at­ing in and what the pa­ram­e­ters are, then holis­ti­cally look at our as­sets and how to po­si­tion them ef­fec­tively against some of the largest multi­na­tion­als in the world. We must hold our­selves to the same bench­marks as they do.”

Among Richard­son In­ter­na­tional’s main as­sets is its grow­ing work­force, and the pri­vate­ly­owned com­pany plans to in­te­grate 600 new em­ploy­ees into its 1,800-per­son team with the clos­ing of the Viterra ac­qui­si­tion.

“We wouldn’t have the suc­cess we have to­day if it weren’t for the com­mit­ment of our peo­ple,” Vossen says. “They are em­pow­ered to make a myr­iad of de­ci­sions that the ex­ec­u­tive team or the se­nior man­age­ment team are not able to make on a daily ba­sis. I need them to make those de­ci­sions in the con­text of our val­ues, how we op­er­ate and the com­mon

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