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Richardson's Yorkton canola operation expansion finished

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Richardson International Limited has turned up its expanded canola crushing operation in Yorkton, Sask.

The $30-million expansion has been fully operational since April 1 and the plant now processes 3,000 tonnes of canola per day, an increase from 2,400 tonnes per day.

The facility now has the capacity to process more than one million tonnes of canola per year.

"Combined with strong origination capability through our Richardson Pioneer network across the Prairies, we are in an excellent position to keep up with ever-growing demand for canola oil," said Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s executive vice-resident, agribusiness operations and processing.

The $170-million Yorkton facility was first opened in 2010 and Richardson company officials say the demand for canola has meant significant add-on investment.

Combined with its canola processing plant in Lethbridge, Alberta, Richardson now has the capacity to process approximately 1.5-million tonnes of canola each year. The company also continues to explore opportunities to increase canola crushing capacity at its Lethbridge plant.

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