Federated Co-op to close three feed mills

Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) is consolidating its six feed production facilities in the Prairies into three. The three that are on the chopping block are the plants located in Brandon, Man., Melfort, Sask., and Edmonton, Alta.

“While we don’t make these decisions lightly, by consolidating manufacturing and taking measures to refocus our resources in the livestock sector, we’re better able to serve our local co-ops and their producer customers across Western Canada well into the future,” says Ron Healey, FCL vice-president of agriculture and consumer business.

The decision to close the three plants surrounds unprecedented competitor consolidation, along with a changing market in the feed sector, according to a news release. The three remaining plants located in Saskatoon and Moosomin, Sask., and Calgary, Alta. will receive “significant capital investments” to be modernized, the company says.

Product and services from the Brandon and Melfort plants are currently being divided among the three remaining operations. The Edmonton plant will transfer its operations to the Wetaskiwin Co-op come September. Melfort’s plant will close its doors this August, while Brandon’s doors will close in October.

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