“Our mission is to connect more customers to more places, and we feel that this location is an ideal place to help us continue delivering on that mission,” said Kyle Jeworski, Viterra’s president and chief executive officer for North America. “The U.S. is an important market for our continued growth, and we look forward to working together with local farmers to market and move their crops to end users in more than 50 countries.”
The facility has a storage capacity of approximately 140,000 tonnes. It has the ability to load up to 110 railcars serviced by the BNSF Railway, and is equipped with two truck receiving pits and a grain dryer. Further, in keeping with its ongoing commitment to operational excellence Viterra will be making a number of immediate capital upgrades at the site.
“In addition to our quality assets, what makes us an industry leader is the high level of service we offer our customers,” Jeworski said. “The expertise of our people, our contracting and risk management tools, and the major investments we continue to make in our technology are part of a complete service offering that we deliver to our customers to help them be successful.”
The company acquired the facility in May from Gavilon. The acquisition came a little more than two years after reports surfaced that Viterra would be considering possible ventures or acquisitions in the United States.
In addition to the facility in Grand Forks, Viterra’s presence in North Dakota includes special crops facilities in Ray and Minot, as well as a joint venture stake in a General Mills terminal at Northgate.
According to the 2017 Grain & Milling Annual, Viterra has a total of 87 grain storage facilities with 113.183 million bushels of capacity as well as 79 country elevators and 3 processing plants.