WATROUS, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Parrish & Heimbecker, Limited is expanding its Parrish Siding facility, grain handling and storage upgrades to increase both capacity and efficiency and a new 6,000-tonne fertilizer warehouse.

The grain facility expansion plans include doubling the grain storage capacity, tripling the speed of grain loading as well as increasing grain cleaning efficiency through the installation of high speed grain cleaners. Plans are also under way with CN Railway to increase the rail siding to a 150-car spot.

The additional 20,000 tonnes of grain storage and grain handling system upgrades will not only increase overall capacity as well as efficiency of handling and shipping, it will enable the location to handle multiple commodities at a time. The grain facility upgrades are expected to be completed in July 2019.

“As a proud, Canadian family-owned and operated business, P&H is committed to investing in facilities and capabilities that support Canadian producers as they strive to grow and market the best crop,” said John Heimbecker, president of the Grain Division and executive vice-president, Parrish & Heimbecker. “We continue to see a drive to reach the top of the yield curve among growers in the Watrous area and we are dedicated to providing the products and services to help these growers realize the full potential of their acres.”

The new fertilizer facility will provide area producers with access to worldwide fertilizer markets and complete the crop input offering at the Parrish Siding location, bringing full crop input solutions together in one location, including seed, crop nutrients and crop protection.

The company said customers can expect a full line of crop nutrient products to be available from the new facility, including micronutrient additions such as PROCOTE. The new fertilizer facility is slated to begin operation by the end of 2018.

“The expansion at our Parrish Siding location is key in providing our customers with timely and personalized service, a complete crop input product offering and expanded grain marketing opportunities,” said Keith Thiessen, general manager, Parrish & Heimbecker – Parrish Siding. “We look forward to bringing this improved offering to area producers and continuing to grow alongside existing and new customers.”