GrainsConnect plans fourth Canadian elevator, at Huxley, Alta.

GrainsConnect Canada has announced plans to build a fourth grain terminal in Western Canada.

Pending necessary approvals, the company will build a 35,000 tonne elevator at Huxley, Alberta (approximately 75km southeast of Red Deer.)

GrainsConnect, a joint venture between Australia-based GrainCorp and Japanese ag co-op Zen-Noh, has three other elevators under construction, at Maymont and Reford, Sask., and Vegreville, Alta. The Maymont facility is expected to be finished this fall (pictured above).

“We will have two sites in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta, offering choice and access to one of the most efficient supply chains to the West Coast,” says president Warren Stow. “This is the second site announcement this year and we are excited to invest in regional Canada. There has been strong grower interest in this area for more choice and we are excited to deliver a state of the site facility to the region.”

The company says the Huxley elevator will be the first in the region with a 134 car rail loop, and will be capable of loading 134 cars in less than 14 hours. It will be serviced by CN Rail.

Construction is expected to begin this summer, with completion slated for 2019. It’s expected to create 12-15 full time jobs once up and running.

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