Biggar, Sask., elevator project expected to start in new year

Construction is expected to begin in early 2013 on a new high-throughput grain elevator near Biggar, Sask., about an hour west of Saskatoon.

The Parrish & Heimbecker facility will have a total capacity of 40,000 tonnes, including 10,000 tonnes of private condo space.

P & H customer service manager Jim Vancha said titled condo space will be sold to farmers in 2,500 bushel units.

About two-thirds of available condo space has already been sold, he added.

Construction of the elevator is scheduled for completion by late next year with the first deliveries slated for late fall of 2013.

When the new facility opens, P & H will close an older facility located in Saskatoon.

The facility will be located on Canadian National Railway’s main line.

The site will also include a crop inputs shed that is already under construction and is expected to begin selling crop inputs in the next few months.

Grain Millers, Inc., an American company with Canadian milling operations based at Yorkton, Sask., will also partner in the Biggar facility.

It will build a 7,500 tonne steel annex on the site, bringing total capacity to 47,500 tonnes.

The Minnesota based company will use the P & H facility to receive specialty crops, including organic oats.

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