Richardson ex­pand­ing lo­cal fa­cil­ity

The Southwest Booster - - NEWS - Ge­orge Bowditch

There is a flurry of ac­tiv­ity around the Richardson-Pi­o­neer Grain ter­mi­nal with a ma­jor ex­pan­sion project un­der­way to dou­ble the stor­age ca­pac­ity at the Swift Cur­rent lo­ca­tion.

Jean-Marc Ruest, Vi­cePres­i­dent, Cor­po­rate Af­fairs and Gen­eral Coun­sel for Richardson-Pi­o­neer in­formed the South­west Booster that ap­prox­i­mately $6 mil­lion will be spent in Swift Cur­rent to ex­pand the grain han­dling fa­cil­ity.

“We are es­sen­tially dou­bling the stor­age ca­pac­ity at the fa­cil­ity so we are adding 15,000 met­ric tonnes.”

In ad­di­tion to in­creas­ing the size of their grain stor­age, Richardson-Pi­o­neer is also in­creas­ing the num­ber of grain cars that can be spot­ted to a full size grain train.

“We are also ex­pand­ing the rail ca­pac­ity go­ing from a 56 car to a 112 car spot there (at the ter­mi­nal).”

The com­ple­tion date for the constructi­on at the Richardson-Pi­o­neer Ter­mi­nal is tar­geted to be the end of Oc­to­ber 2009.

There are no ser­vice dis­rup­tions planned de­spite the work be­ing done at the site.

“Busi­ness will carry on as ex­pected. They shouldn’t see any ser­vice in­ter­rup­tion at all.”

The ex­pan­sion of the grain han­dling ca­pa­bil­ity at the Swift Cur­rent lo­ca­tion is im­por­tant to both ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and Richard­sonPioneer’s abil­ity to at­tract new cus­tomers.

“I think what it does for the Richardson-Pi­o­neer net­work is we have al­ways had his­tor­i­cally a strong pres­ence in Swift Cur­rent. When we look at our net­work of el­e­va­tors in West­ern Canada, Swift Cur­rent needed to be brought up to the same stan­dards that we have in other com­mu­ni­ties.”

“I think it is a re-en­gage­ment in that com­mu­nity, so with a big­ger fa­cil­ity with more rail­car s it pro­duc­ers in that area bet­ter op­tion to sell and move their grain. More size al­lows us to our ex­ist­ing cus­tomers and po­ten­tial cus­tomers to de­liver their grain and sell their grain at times when it suits them bet­ter.”

The ex­pan­sion of the Swift Cur­rent fa­cil­ity is part of the $12 mil­lion in­vest­ment that Richardson re­cently an­nounced for the front end of the com­pany’s grain-han­dling net­work. Other com­pany ex­pan­sion projects will be com­pleted in Crooked River, White­wood, and Bran­don.

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