Work begins on CWB’s second elevator

Colonsay, Sask. | President says its network of facilities will provide farmers with more choice

CWB is building another high-throughput concrete elevator, this one at Colonsay, Sask., 65 kilometres east of Saskatoon.


The new elevator will have 42,000 tonnes of storage capacity, including 17,000 tonnes of concrete storage and nearly 25,000 of adjoining steel storage.


It will also feature a car-loading rate of up to 1,600 tonnes per hour with a 134-car loop track.


The elevator is the second new facility construction to be an-nounced by CWB in the past three weeks. In late March, the company announced a similar project at Bloom, Man., near Portage la Prairie.


“I’m excited to be able to announce the construction of our second elevator in Colonsay so fast on the heels of our Bloom elevator announcement,” said CWB president Ian White. 


“We see significant opportunity in the Colonsay area for a fast and efficient grain-handling facility that will provide the customer service that farmers have come to expect from CWB.”


Construction on the Colonsay facility has already begun two km southeast of the town, adjacent to tracks owned by Canadian Pacific Railway.


The construction project is expected to be complete in time to receive grain from next year’s harvest.


CWB’s network of prairie grain handling assets now includes elevators in Manitoba and Saskatchewan, the Mission Terminal in Thunder Bay, Ont., and Les Élévateurs des Trois-Rivières, a transfer elevator in Quebec. 


The CWB acquired Mission Terminal last year.


Mission is based in Winnipeg but its assets include the Thunder Bay terminal, a primary elevator at Alexander, Man., and equity in producer car loading sites in Manitoba and 
Saskatchewan.


Mission Terminal also has equity in five short-line railway companies: Great Western, Great Sandhills and Long Creek in Saskatchewan and Boundary Trails and Lake Line in Manitoba.

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