A Manitoba seed company has broken ground on what it describes as the largest family-owned pedigreed seed-processing operation in Western Canada.
Pitura Seeds is building a “state-of-the-art” cleaning facility that can handle up to 1,000 bushels an hour, with the potential to double that capacity in the future about three miles west of Domain, to the north of its current location.
Pitura Seeds was established in the 1950s by Carl and Clara Pitura. Their son Calvin, and daughter-in-law Barbara Strath-Pitura, came into the business in 1978, seeing opportunity for producing high-quality pedigreed seed and the next generation is now deeply involved in the business.
“Having been a pedigreed seed grower since the 1970s, I’ve seen great evolution in our industry,” says Calvin Pitura, who chairs the company. “Today I see remarkable opportunities for growth in the certified seed market, and its ability to provide value to our grower customers.”
The current expansion will utilize the latest seed-cleaning technology, and will more than triple Pitura Seeds’ total cleaning capacity. Running more efficiently and with a greater capacity will allow the company to focus on the quality needs of its grower and industry seed partner customers.
“At the end of the day, this expansion is all about doing more for our customers,” said Tom Greaves, president and general manager of the company. “Our company’s success has been driven by focusing on their needs.”
The seed-processing plant broke ground on April 10, 2018, and is expected to be fully operational by October 1 of this year.