WINNIPEG, MANITOBA, CANADA – Richardson International Ltd. is adding another crop inputs location to its growing network of retail crop inputs centers across the Prairies. Today, the company announced the acquisition of Bestland Air Ltd., an independent crop inputs retailer located near Starbuck, Manitoba. The transaction closed on Dec. 8.

“This business is an excellent addition to our Richardson Pioneer network as it will be an extension of our full-service Richardson Pioneer Ag Business Centre in Starbuck,” said Tom Hamilton, vice-president, Agribusiness Operations. “It will provide us with additional capacity and enhance our ability to continue providing local producers with leading seed, fertilizer and crop inputs technologies.”

Richardson is currently focused on building its crop inputs network across Western Canada through both acquisitions and new builds. The companyacquired 10 retail crop inputs locationsfrom CHS Canada in October and purchased two independent, full-service retail crop inputs centers in Vermilion and Forestburg, Alberta.

Richardson also is expanding its network by building new crop inputs facilities in locations across the Prairies. Two new crop inputs centers opened this year, one in Elrose, Saskatchewan, and the other in Pasqua, Saskatchewan. A third new crops inputs facility is currently under construction in Wakaw, Saskatchewan, and will be open for business in 2018.

Richardson Pioneer is a division of Richardson International Ltd., a Canadian agribusiness. Richardson is a worldwide handler and merchandiser of Canadian-grown grains and oilseeds and a vertically-integrated processor and manufacturer of oats and canola-based products. Richardson has over 2,500 employees across Canada, the United States and the United Kingdom.