From a release
THAMESVILLE, ONTARIO, December 11, 2013 – Investment in grain marketing and positioning for future expansion by AGRIS Co-operative in Thamesville, with the construction of four new steel grain bins was formally announced today by AGRIS Co-operative Ltd. board president, Jim Maw.
The more than $2.15 million investment by AGRIS Co-operative will significantly improve storage capacity and traffic flow by removing some existing storage and adding additional storage. The new layout improves flow and allows future storage expansion and intake capacity as market conditions dictates.
“This investment by AGRIS Co-operative will upgrade our Thamesville elevator storage capacity and help strengthen our farmer-owner’s ability to take better advantage of marketing opportunities through our grain company, Great Lakes
Grain,” says AGRIS Co-operative board president, Jim Maw.
This represents a significant investment in the Municipality of Chatham-Kent by locally owned AGRIS Co-operative and Lambton Conveyor Ltd. from Wallaceburg. Lambton Conveyor will not only manage construction of the project, but also is the manufacturer of all equipment being installed. Completion is expected in September 2014 and in time for fall harvest.
AGRIS Co-operative board of directors L-R Jim Anderson, Richard Tanner, Larry Pajot – board vice-president, Ray Simard, Dave Sherman, Jim Maw – board president, John Sauvé, Paul Repko – board secretary, John Nooyen, Stan Gillier, Kim Fysh
When completed there will be more than 700,000 bushels of grain storage for the co-operatives member-owners and customers in the Thamesville area. “These improvements will allow us to utilize the Thamesville elevator to its capacity, giving us added volume for wet grain,” says Don Kabbes, market development manager for Great Lakes Grain. “This will enable us to receive greater volumes throughout the harvest period, allowing our member-owners to move the crop more efficiently,” Kabbes added.