New Co-op fertilizer terminals on schedule for spring opening
January 12, 2017
Two new additions to the prairie skyline are starting to take shape.
Work is progressing in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man., on high-throughput fertilizer terminals commissioned by Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) on behalf of the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS).
Plans for the state-of-the-art facilities were announced early last year. Today, the $75 million project is on schedule and both terminals are expected to open in late spring 2017. Once operational, each terminal will be able to load a super B trailer of blended fertilizer in 10 minutes and dispense up to 400 metric tonnes of straight fertilizer in an hour.
“Co-op’s new fertilizer terminals are a major investment in Western Canada that will yield results for farmers,” said Dan Mulder, Director Fertilizer with FCL, which will warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the CRS.
Currently, 64 of the 120 Co-op Agro Centre locations across Western Canada sell fertilizer. Once the new terminals are online, many more Co-op Agro Centre locations are expected to add fertilizer to their farm offering.
“With the addition of fertilizer, Co-op Agro Centres will offer a comprehensive suite of products to grow, fuel, equip, build and feed farms,” said Mulder.