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Richardson to upgrade western Manitoba elevator

High-throughput to replace wooden crib structure at Swan River

Prairie grain handler Richardson Pioneer plans to start work this spring on a new high-throughput elevator “effectively replacing” its Swan River Valley unit in northwestern Manitoba. The Winnipeg company’s current site, on Canadian National Railway (CN) track about six kilometres north of the town of Swan River, is anchored by a wooden crib workhouse and

File photo outside Viterra’s downtown Regina office building. (Glacier FarmMedia photo by Dave Bedard)

Viterra to replace western Saskatchewan elevator

Grain firm going bigger at Biggar

Grain firm Viterra’s asset investment plan has moved onto Biggar things. Regina-based Viterra announced Monday it’s starting construction “immediately” on a new “state of the art” elevator about two km northeast of its current elevator at Biggar, Sask., about 90 km west of Saskatoon. The new concrete facility will have storage capacity of 34,000 tonnes


Viterra closes deal for Gardiner Dam Terminal

Central Saskatchewan’s Gardiner Dam Terminal is expected to go full Viterra within months, now that the Regina grain firm has completed its deal for full control of the facility. Shareholders in GDT voted Dec. 13 in favour of the deal announced last month in which Viterra buys the half of GDT it doesn’t already own

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G3 plans new Edmonton-area grain elevator

Grain handler G3 Canada has announced its third move into Alberta, with plans for an elevator near Morinville, about 25 km north of Edmonton. The Winnipeg company said Thursday it will start construction “shortly” at its chosen site just west of town, connecting to Canadian National Railway (CN) track on the north side of Highway

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G3 expanding into Alberta market

The grain company formerly known as the Canadian Wheat Board plans to start work next month on two new elevators including its first in Alberta. G3 Canada announced Tuesday it will build a 42,000-tonne capacity elevator at Wetaskiwin in central Alberta, between Edmonton and Red Deer, and a similar-sized elevator at Maidstone, Sask., about 55

Cargill’s elevator at Oakner, Man., about 10 km south of Hamiota. (

Cargill to expand western Manitoba elevator

Agrifood firm Cargill expects to provide more marketing opportunities for western Manitoba growers — particularly of soybeans — with a major elevator expansion. The U.S. company’s Winnipeg-based Canadian arm on Thursday announced it will put up $15 million to add 9,000 tonnes of storage capacity to its 13,500-tonne capacity elevator at Oakner, Man., about 70

Grain shippers in between legislation as rail service declines

Grain shippers in between legislation as rail service declines

The Fair Rail for Farmers Act is dead and the Transportation Modernization Act hasn’t become law

With rail service not meeting grain company demands, fears about a gap in remedies to deal with it have come to pass, says Wade Sobkowich, executive director of the Western Grain Elevator Association (WGEA). “What we predicted is exactly coming true,” Sobkowich said Dec. 14 in an interview. “We don’t have Bill C-49 (Transportation Modernization

A 40,000-bushel grain elevator at Mentmore, southwest of Neepawa in what is now the Municipality of North Cypress-Langford, was built in 1927 on land donated by Thomas Drayson. Operated by the Mentmore Co-operative Elevator Association, the first agent was Ken McDougall of Russell, who later purchased the local store. A crib annex was built beside the elevator between 1957 and 1959. The facility closed in December 1978 as the railway line was abandoned. The tracks were removed in June 1979. In the fall of 1980, the annex was moved to Franklin and, the following spring, the elevator was sold to Drayson descendants who used it as storage for their seed business. It appeared to be unused when this aerial photo was taken earlier this year.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: September 2017

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator it is supplying these images of a grain elevator each week in hopes readers will be able to tell the society more about it, or any other elevator they know of.

There were four elevators at Elgin when this photo was taken in 1981. The 30,000-bushel elevator in the foreground, built in 1928 by the  Canadian Consolidated Grain Company, had two balloon annexes and  fertilizer shed when it was sold to United Grain Growers in 1959. It  closed in 1985 and was demolished. The 50,000-bushel Manitoba Pool  elevator and annex beside it dates from 1926, while the side-by-side  Paterson elevators in the background consisted of a smaller one built  here in 1923 and a larger one brought from Wakopa in 1966. The Paterson  elevators were sold to Pool in 1981. The following year, the smaller one  was demolished as the larger one was renovated extensively and a modern  crib annex was built beside it. Today, only the former Paterson elevator  and its annex remain at the site, in private ownership.

PHOTOS: This Old Elevator: June 2017

The Manitoba Historical Society wants to gather information about all the grain elevators in Manitoba

In the 1950s, there were over 700 grain elevators in Manitoba. Today, there are fewer than 200. You can help to preserve the legacy of these disappearing “Prairie sentinels.” The Manitoba Historical Society (MHS) is gathering information about all elevators that ever stood in Manitoba, regardless of their present status. Collaborating with the Manitoba Co-operator

GrainsConnect Canada, whose terminal under construction at Maymont, Sask., is shown here, plans to open an elevator at Huxley, Alta. in 2019. (

GrainsConnect picks second Alberta terminal site

The joint venture between Australia’s GrainCorp and Japan’s Zen-Noh Grain is taking its Prairie grain handling model to southern Alberta. GrainsConnect Canada announced plans Thursday to build a fourth Prairie high-throughput grain terminal on Canadian National (CN) Railway track at Huxley, Alta., about 75 km southeast of Red Deer. The company — which expects to