Richardson expands prairie input network with three new facilities

Construction is starting on three new Richardson Pioneer retail crop input centres in Saskatchewan that are expected to open for business by next harvest.

Two of the facilities will be in Pasqua, near Moose Jaw, and Elrose.

“These were two areas that were identified as opportunities for us to expand our reach and service more farmers,” said Tracey Shelton, director for corporate communications.

Wakaw is the other location slated for construction. It already has a Richardson Pioneer facility, which Shelton said was not being used. It will be replaced with a new crop input building.

Each new site is expected to have high-speed fertilizer blending capabilities, which will increase efficiencies by as much as 50 percent on average.

“It drastically reduces the amount of time with all of these new blenders,” she said.

Modern offices and a 6,000 sq. foot, certified warehouse for farm chemicals will enable Richardson to better offer its full agronomic services.

“We offer a full range of service, right from advising farmers on seed right through to buying their grain back and selling it,” she said.

Shelton said each site will also generate about six new jobs.

The new centres will be added to the list of 85 locations Richardson operates across Western Canada.

Shelton would not put the exact price on the current expansion, but she said Richardson has invested about $225 million in its crop input business over the last 15 years.

“We typically don’t put out what we spend on our investments, but I will say they’re definitely multi-million dollar investments.”

An announcement on construction of another three to five more Richardson crop input centres is expected soon.

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