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South Lakes elevator to soon offer more products, services in Rosser

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This Richardson International grain elevator and agricultural service depot in Whitewood, Sask. is similar to what will be built at South Lakes in the RM of Rosser.

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This Richardson International grain elevator and agricultural service depot in Whitewood, Sask. is similar to what will be built at South Lakes in the RM of Rosser. Photo Store

Richardson International’s South Lakes grain elevator in the RM of Rosser is increasing its offerings to farmers.

Rosser council recently approved a conditional use permit allowing the business to expand its products and services.

Brian Olson, director of engineering services with Richardson International, said a 1,200 metric tonne dry fertilizer blending facility, a 6,000 square foot warehouse for agricultural chemicals and pesticides, and a seed treatment facility will be built.

"Site work could start immediately," he said, adding the goal is to have the new areas open for next spring.

The South Lakes elevator formerly belonged to Viterra, and was one of 19 country elevators Richardson International acquired as of May 2013 in an $800-million deal with Glencore.

The company has similar operations in Starbuck and Mollard, near Brunkild. Olson said the expansion will bring the South Lakes operation in line with the company’s business model and offer new services to farmers located north of Winnipeg.

"It’s quite strategic for us," he said.

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