Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced Tuesday it will spend $42 million to build a state-of-the-art fertilizer terminal near Grassy Lake, approximately 30 kilometres east of Taber, Alberta.The new terminal will warehouse, blend, and distribute a full suite of fertilizer products to locally owned Co-op Agro Centres, which will then supply the products to their farm customers. The new terminal will have a storage capacity of 34,400 metric tonnes and will have rail access with a track that can accommodate up to 110 car-unit trains, allowing the facility to efficiently receive product from domestic and international suppliers.“This facility supports local co-ops and is the next step on our journey to grow within the crop inputs business,” said Patrick Bergermann, FCL’s Associate Vice-President of Ag and Home, in a release. “This is a long-term investment back into Western Canada that will help us better serve and meet the needs of local co-ops along with their members and customers.”Construction is scheduled to begin in the spring of 2019. The terminal is expected to be fully operational for the summer of 2020. The project is expected to create about 150 jobs during the construction phase, with five full-time and two seasonal positions required when the terminal becomes operational.FCL opened fertilizer terminals in Hanley, Sask., and Brandon, Man. in 2017.
A map of FCL’s new fertilizer terminal, to be built near Grassy Lake. Supplied.