Richardson Pioneer is planning to build a new grain elevator in western Manitoba, replacing the existing wood crib structure north of Swan River.

The company says the project will begin this spring, with completion slated for August 2022.

The elevator will feature 36,600 metric tonnes of storage capacity, a 150-car loop track design, high-speed receiving and loadout systems, as well as a new 4,600 square foot office.

“Richardson has had a significant presence in the Swan River Valley for over 40 years, building strong partnerships with our customers and remaining committed to adapting to their evolving business needs,” says Darwin Sobkow, chief operations officer for Richardson. “While the current original wood structure has served an important role in supporting our customers within the Swan River Valley, it is nearing the end of its useful life span.”

Richardson says the existing grain and crop input facilities at Swan River will remain fully operational during construction.

With service from CN Rail, the current Richardson elevator at Swan River has just over 28,000 metric tonnes of storage capacity, according to the Canadian Grain Commission.

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