WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA — Richardson International Ltd. is doubling its processing capacity to 2.2 million tonnes and optimizing operational efficiencies to its Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, facility.
Once completed, the Yorkton facility will include a high-speed shipping system with three 9,500-foot loop tracks and three high-speed receiving lanes.
Construction will begin immediately with no disruption to current operations and is expected to be completed in early 2024.
“This state-of-the-art facility represents a good news story for all industry participants — for our producer customers and end-use buyers across North America and abroad,” said Keith Belitski, director of operations for the Richardson Yorkton facility. “A construction project of this magnitude will be significant, economically, to the province of Saskatchewan, the city of Yorkton, and surrounding areas.”
The new additions and expansion to the Yorktown facility is part of Richardson’s plan to provide additional opportunities to producers to market their oilseed crop.
“The global outlook for Canadian canola oil is promising, and this latest investment emphasizes our ongoing commitment to best-in-class facilities,” said Darrell Sobkow, senior vice president, processing, food, and ingredients for Richardson. “Yorkton lies right in the heart of canola country and we are focused on providing our producer customers with increasingly efficient means for meeting the needs of a growing global consumptive market.”
A global company in agriculture and food processing, Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of all major Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and is a vertically integrated producer of food and ingredients. Richardson has more than 2,900 employees across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom. According to Sosland Publishing’s 2020 Grain & Milling Annual, the company has a total of 71 grain storage facilities with a total licensed storage capacity of 95.7 million bushels.