North Dakota welcomes Paterson Grain

Paterson Grain is expanding its network of grain handling facilities into the United States.

The Winnipeg grain company has been given a green light to build a new grain terminal at Bottineau, North Dakota, 60 kilometres south of Deloraine, Man., and 20 kilometres south of the Canada-U.S. border.

Officials in Bottineau confirmed March 12 that city councillors ap-proved a conditional use permit that will allow Paterson to build a terminal and loop track siding on the south side of the city.

Reports say the project has an estimated price tag of $20 to $25 million, with construction expected to begin as early as this spring.

The grain company is expected to apply for building permits in the near future.

Paterson currently ranks as the fifth largest grain handling company in Canada with a total of 28 elevators in Western Canada and total storage capacity of nearly 550,000 tonnes. It has 13 elevators in Manitoba, 13 in Saskatchewan and two in Alberta.

The company did not immediately respond to Western Producer requests for additional information, but according to a news story published in a Bottineau newspaper, the Paterson facility will have a storage capacity of 1.37 million bushels, including two 630,000 bu. steel bins and 10 additional steel bins with capacity of nearly 11,000 bu. each.

“This facility … would represent the first move by Paterson into the U.S. market in its 107-year history,” Shane Paterson, Paterson’s corporate development officer, told the Bottineau Courant.

The facility will be used to receive both Canadian and U.S. grains and oilseeds, he added.

The proposed facility would be located on a spur line owned by Burlington Northern Santa Fe (BNSF).

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