Richardson expanding local facility
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.