HUXLEY, ALBERTA, CANADA — GrainsConnect Canada opened its fourth terminal in Canada.
The inland storage terminal located in Huxley, Alberta, Canada, now joins GrainsConnect’s other terminals in Vegreville, Alberta; Reford, Saskatchewan; and Maymont, Saskatchewan.
“Our mission at GrainsConnect Canada is to help the family farm,” said Warren Stow, president of GrainsConnect. “We’re growers, too, and we understand the importance and value of a partner. We want to be the area’s No. 1 partner.”
Area growers received an inside look at the GrainsConnect Canada terminal during the company’s grower event held July 17. Over 400 farmers and family members toured the Huxley terminal and received information on its technology and processes. At full operation, the terminal will load over 130 rail cars in under 14 hours.
Development of the Huxley terminal created local employment during the construction process, plus full-time employment to operate the terminal year-round. GrainsConnect employs a team of merchants, armed with local knowledge and global insights, to provide easily understood terms and competitive prices to growers across Western Canada.
The Huxley terminal will be led by Chad Dettmer, general manager, and farmers will be connecting with him as well as merchants Brittany McCook and Darcy Wagstaff. The terminal’s operations manager is Wayne Sharp.
“We’re proud to contribute to the economic growth in these communities,” Stow said. “By hiring local merchants and supporting community initiatives where we build, we don’t just do business in these communities but truly become part of the family farm.”
In addition to the company’s inland storage terminals and rail infrastructure, GrainsConnect Canada and GrainCorp have established a port solution with the construction of the Fraser Grain Terminal, to be located at the Port of Vancouver. GrainsConnect Canada and Parrish & Heimbecker (P&H) have signed an agreement to make Fraser Grain Terminal a 50-50 joint venture. The facility will have capacity to export up to 4 million tonnes of wheat, barley, oilseeds, pulses and other commodities per annum.
GrainsConnect Canada is headquartered in Calgary, Alberta, Canada, and is a joint-venture of GrainCorp and Zen-Noh Group.
GrainCorp, with corporate headquarters in Sydney, Australia, has been providing customers with access to Canadian, American and global marketplaces for over 100 years.
Zen-Noh Group, a Japanese agricultural cooperative established in 1972, has more than 40 years of experience in the United States, building a supply chain to Japanese end users starting with its first export facility in New Orleans, Louisiana, U.S., in 1979, and following up in 1988 with the purchase of Consolidated Grain and Barge. Today, Zen-Noh Grain has 95 facilities that handle 16 million tonnes of grain.