From a release
Great Lakes Grain has entered into a definitive agreement, through its partner AGRIS Co-operative Ltd, to operate the Thamesford grain elevator, previously operated by Nutreco Canada Inc. The Thamesford grain elevator will add more than two million bushels of additional storage and significant drying capacity for Great Lakes Grain. Operation of the elevator by Great Lakes Grain is expected to begin October 1, 2013 and will be open for receiving 24 hours a day during harvest.
“With expected good yields and lower prices, we expect our customers will hold ownership longer and storage capacity is going to be at a premium this year,” says Don Kabbes, market development manager for Great Lakes Grain. “As harvest equipment continues to get larger and concerns about poor stalk quality quicken the harvest, this will help speed-up delivery for our farmer-owners” added Kabbes.
The Thamesford elevator features three receiving lines and an unloading capacity of 17,000 bushels an hour. It also has two grain dryers and the ability to dry 120,000 bushels a day. The addition of the Thamesford grain elevator allows Great Lakes Grain to continue to enhance its product availability for end users.
Great Lakes Grain is a grain marketing partnership between GROWMARK, Inc. and AGRIS Co-operative Ltd. Great Lakes Grain is one of the largest operators of Ontario country elevators. It represents close to 20 million bushels of storage capacity with total marketing in excess of 40 million bushels.