YORKTON, SASKATCHEWAN, CANADA — Richardson International Ltd.’s newly expanded Yorkton, Saskatchewan, Canada, operation has loaded its first unit train of canola meal pellets on the growing crush facility’s new loop track loading system.

The 24,000 tonnes of canola meal loaded on a Canadian National (CN) train on one of the three new 9,500-foot loop tracks marked an important milestone in the crush plant expansion, which was first announced by Richardson in March 2021, the company said.

“This infrastructure represents one of the most efficient loading systems in North America that will be capable of loading upwards of three unit trains per week, once fully operational,” Richardson noted in a LinkedIn post.

Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada, Richardson is a global agriculture and food processing company. 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 with more than 2,900 employees across Canada, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

According to Sosland Publishing’s2023 Grain & Milling Annual, Richardson has a total of 71 grain storage facilities with a total licensed storage capacity of 95.7 million bushels, including eight processing plants and 54 country elevators, making it the 16th-largest grain handling company in North America.