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Co-op invests $5M to expand Brandon fertilizer terminal

November 30, 2020

An expansion project is currently underway to increase storage capacity by more than 30 per cent at the Co-op Fertilizer Terminal in Brandon, Man.

The estimated $5-million expansion project will add 9,000 metric tonnes of storage capacity to the existing structure for a total of 36,500 metric tonnes.

“Despite the challenging economic times we’re in, Co-op continues to invest in Western Canada and build our communities,” said Patrick Bergermann, Associate Vice-President of Ag and Home at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

“Since we opened the terminal three years ago, customer demand has really exceeded our expectations. Growers and truckers alike have really appreciated the incredibly fast service at this terminal which typically sees them safely loaded and back out on the road within 15 minutes. With this expansion, we’ll be able to store more specialty products to support 4R nutrient stewardship and increase our offerings to local Co-ops so they can keep pace with grower needs for years to come.”

The Brandon location warehouses, blends and distributes a complete suite of crop-nutrition products for Co-op locations and agricultural producers in Manitoba and eastern Saskatchewan. The terminal also offers warehouse storage for liquid micronutrients and nitrogen stabilizers, ensuring farmers have access to the latest in fertilizer technology. Co-op Grow Team members work closely with farm customers to help determine the best solution for crop nutrition.

Co-op Fertilizer Terminals in Brandon and Hanley, Sask., officially opened in the fall of 2017, with a third terminal opening last month in Grassy Lake, Alta. When the expansion is complete, the three terminals will have a total storage capacity of 115,900 metric tonnes.

Construction began in late October, and the expansion is projected to be completed early next summer.