Paterson, GrainsConnect Building New Elevators in Red Deer County

Paterson Grain has announced the construction of a 55,000 metric tonne grain handling facility on Highway 2 near Bowden, just south of Innisfail, Alberta.

“It will be a pleasure earning the trust of producers in Red Deer County and beyond, as we have done for the past 108 years across the Canadian prairies,” said president Andrew Paterson in a news release.

The elevator will feature a loop-track capable of loading 150 car unit trains in seven hours, according to the company. It will also have a dual receiving area.

The Winnipeg-based company expects to begin accepting grain at the facility in 2017, with construction beginning immediately.

Grain from the facility will be exported through Paterson’s Alliance Grain Terminal in the Port of Vancouver.

Paterson isn’t the only company building a new elevator in the area. GrainsConnect — the new joint venture of Australia’s GrainCorp and Japanese co-operative Zen-Noh — received approval from Red Deer County on February 16 to build a 37,000 tonne elevator just north of Innisfail.

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