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Richardson to replace Dauphin elevator

Richardson International has budgeted over $20 million to bring down the old and build the new at its grain elevator site at Dauphin, Man.

The privately-held Winnipeg grain firm announced Thursday it will build a new Dauphin high-throughput elevator with 10,000 tonnes of storage capacity, linking into the site’s current steel bin storage space, bringing total capacity to 25,000 tonnes.

The project also involves boosting receiving and shipping speed to and from the steel bins to match the new elevator’s capacity. The completed site will also have a high-capacity grain dryer, cleaner and 104-car rail spot, the company said.

Work is expected to start at the Dauphin site in April, for completion in August 2016, the company said.

As a “continued delivery option” for farmers trucking grain to Richardson during that 16-month stretch, the company said it will also put up a temporary receiving and shipping system.

The current wooden crib elevator, a former Manitoba Pool Elevators facility with about 5,750 tonnes of storage capacity, will be demolished, the company said.

The Dauphin elevator, on the Canadian National Railway (CN) line, was one of 15 Prairie elevators Richardson bought in 2007 from Agricore United, as AU prepared for its sale to Saskatchewan Wheat Pool to form Viterra.

Richardson had planned, when it bought the elevator, to “upgrade and enhance” the facility, the company said Thursday.

“The Dauphin area is an important market for us and we have a solid, loyal customer base there,” Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s executive vice-president for agribusiness operations and processing, said in the company’s release.

“This shows our long-term commitment to the area and ensures our ability to continue to serve our customers.” — Network


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