Cargill picks spot for Regina crusher

Cargill says Regina’s Global Transportation Hub offers road access and access to both railways. | Melissa Bezan photo

Cargill has announced its new canola crushing plant will be built at the Global Transportation Hub west of Regina.

Jeff Vassart, president of Cargill Canada, said in an interview the location was chosen for many reasons.

“For a site like this, what’s really important is having the infrastructure to be able to operate safely and efficiently to serve our customers,” he said. “So the combination of road access from all directions being very efficient, as well as being able to access both railroads is a very important feature and so that’s ultimately why we chose this and also I think it’s appropriate given its location being outside the city, it should not be disruptive to residents of the city as well.”

The new plant was announced in April. Since then, the company has been deciding on a location.

“We’ve been assessing the options and feel like this is the best fit for the investment that we want to make.”

Vassart said the new canola plant will be in a good location to serve farmers in southern Saskatchewan and western Manitoba and it fits in well with Cargill’s overall processing network, as well as with its grain and crop input facilities in Saskatchewan.

Construction for the new plant is expected to start in early 2022. Vassart said the plan is to have the plant operational by 2024.

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