Richardson Pioneer has formally announced plans to build a new high throughput elevator at Carmichael, Sask, about 65 kilometres west of Swift Current.

Construction on the new facility began earlier this month, and is expected to be complete by fall of 2022.

The new elevator will include 46,000 metric tonnes of storage capacity, with loop track rail design, capable of loading 175 high cube rail cars. High-speed receiving and load out, with a high capacity grain cleaning system are also features of the future elevator.

The company says it will proceed with the construction of crop inputs assets, including a high-speed fertilizer blender with storage and a 10,000 square foot warehouse, both of which will be operational by fall of 2023.

“Richardson has maintained a significant presence and loyal customer base in the southwestern part of the province and will continue to seek opportunities for improving operational efficiencies,” says Tom Hamilton, senior vice president, agribusiness operations, in a release. “With the addition of the new facility at Carmichael, we look to bridge our historical presence in the area with the realities of meeting our grower customers’ evolving business needs.”

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