An estimated $5-million expansion project is currently underway to increase storage capacity by more than 30 per cent at the Co-op Fertilizer Terminal at Brandon, Man.

The 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,” says Patrick Bergermann, associate vice president of ag and home at Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL).

Since the terminal opened three years ago, customer demand has exceeded expectations, says Bergermann, and growers and truckers alike have appreciated the fast service at the terminal, which typically sees them safely loaded and back out within 15 minutes, he adds.

“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,” Bergermann says.

The Brandon location blends and distributes a complete suite of crop nutrition products as well as offers warehouse storage for liquid micronutrients and nitrogen stabilizers.

Construction on the expansion started in late October, and is expected to be complete by early next summer.

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