The expansion will more than double loading capacity and is expected to be complete midway through harvest 2018.
Cargill is beginning construction of a rail expansion at its Lethbridge facility. The aim is to move local grain more efficiently from the elevator to the west coast. The expansion will more than double loading capacity and is expected ti be complete midway through the harvest this fall. Mayor Chris Spearman says he's delighted to see Cargill expanding its operations in the city. Lethbridge's Cargill facility handles canola, durum and wheat and once the project is complete it will employ 20 people.
“This rail expansion will help our facility become more effective at moving our customers’ grain to market,” said Allan Facchinutti, Alberta regional commercial leader for Cargill’s agriculture business. “The industry standard for rail capacity is increasing, and this project will ensure that Cargill Lethbridge, is more than meeting the standard.”
Cargill’s elevator is in a unique position, being located within the City of Lethbridge. Getting this expansion off the ground required strong collaboration between Cargill, the City, and CP Rail.
- Pat Siedlecki with files from Lethbridge Chamber of Commerce