By Jensen, Randy on October 9, 2020.
LETHBRIDGE HERALD – GRASSY LAKE
Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) officially opened a new Co-op Fertilizer Terminal this week near Grassy Lake to provide key infrastructure to support the needs of Western-Canadian farmers.
FCL invested $42.8 million in the new state-of-the-art terminal. The terminal warehouses, blends and distributes a full suite of crop nutrition products including liquid micronutrients and nitrogen stabilizers.
“We made this investment understanding the important role the fertilizer terminal will play in serving local co-ops and helping them meet the needs of their members and customers,” said Ron Healey, FCL’s Vice-President of Ag and Consumer Business, in a news release. “Having a fertilizer terminal in Alberta improves Co-op’s ability to efficiently and effectively deliver crop nutrition products to local farmers in a timely matter, which is critical during the growing season.”
The Co-operative Retailing System, which includes FCL and more than 160 independent local co-operatives across Western Canada, is unique in its ability to provide producers with everything they need – including fuel, animal feed, crop inputs, grain handling equipment and more – in a single stop.
The new terminal in Grassy Lake has a storage capacity of 34,400 metric tonnes. The three Co-op Fertilizer Terminals – facilities in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man., were opened in 2017 – have a combined storage capacity of 106,900 metric tonnes.
While all three terminals have rail access, the Grassy Lake location was built with a loop track that can accommodate up to 110 railcars, an essential feature that allows Co-op to receive product from domestic and international suppliers, which is particularly important as domestic production of phosphate ended last year.
Construction of the facility was announced in February 2019 and completed in June, when it began receiving product. The terminal has five full-time employees.
More than 146 Co-op Agro Centres across Western Canada – including 35 in Alberta – provide agricultural producers with important crop supplies, including crop protection products and seed.
“Fertilizer is part of a comprehensive offering of products and services that we’re able to deliver to our farm customers across southern Alberta,” said Paul Haynes, CEO of South Country Co-op. “By working with FCL and other local Co-ops like ours, this new terminal helps us to remain competitive, provide timely deliveries and be trusted partners and advisors, working together to support the success of our customers’ operations.”