Richardson Plans Upgrades

Winnipeg grain firm Richardson International has laid out its to-do list for $20 million worth of upgrades at three sites in Saskatchewan and at its terminal at Olds, Alta. during 2010.

The company said it will take on projects this year at its facilities at Yorkton and Canora in southeastern Saskatchewan and at Hamlin in the province’s northwest, as well as capacity upgrades at its Olds facility.

Richardson’s plans for Olds include boosting its terminal’s grain storage capacity by 13,000 tonnes; adding a high-capacity grain dryer; enhancing on-site office space and expanding rail car capacity to accommodate a 112-car unit train.

At Yorkton, where Richardson is already building a major new canola oil-crushing plant, the company plans to put up a multi-fertilizer distribution facility with 30,000 tonnes of storage capacity, including the ability to receive fertilizer unit trains, support rail and trucks receiving at 750 tonnes per hour and ship at 300 tonnes per hour, with an added 400 tonnes of overhead storage.

At Canora, about 50 km north of Yorkton, Richardson said it will build a new 1,200-tonne fertilizer storage facility with a 300-tonne-per-hour continuous high-speed blender.

And at its elevator at Hamlin, just north of North Battleford, the company plans to increase its storage capacity by 14,000 tonnes.

Among its other investments in Saskatchewan, Richardson also recently announced it will be a “presenting sponsor” for the 2011 Ford World Men’s Curling Championship, to be held April 2-10 next year in Regina.

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