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BASF completes $14-million renovation of Regina facility


November 19, 2020
By BASF Canada

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On Nov. 18, BASF Canada Agricultural Solutions unveiled its modernized formulation, packaging and distribution facility in Regina. More than $14 million was invested in facility transformations, making it the division’s single biggest investment in agriculture infrastructure in the last decade. The Regina facility will produce over half of BASF Canadian crop protection products, ensuring farmers across the country and in the northern United States have access to these products.

Major enhancements to BASF’s Regina facility include upgrades to mechanical operations, automation systems, quality control and safety protocols and performance. The upgrades also support greater segregation among products, further safeguarding against cross-contamination and improving quality control.

Additional upgrades to the Regina production facility include:

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  • A new control room that provides real-time information on every valve and tank;
  • A 300,000-litre stainless steel tank for the storage of raw materials, increasing the facility’s total storage capacity to 2.8 million litres;
  • Expanded analytical capability in the lab to meet production requirements, allowing BASF to test, approve and record all products for quality assurance;
  • Increased ventilation, dust containment and high-speed shutter doors in the formulation area.

These improvements will allow BASF to produce high-quality products more efficiently, while supporting future production of new solutions.

“The upgrades allow us to efficiently deliver product to our retailers, in many cases within a 24-hour period, to help ensure we are responding to farmers’ requirements and are able to get them the products they need, when they need them most,” said Jonathan Sweat, BASF Canada’s vice-president of business management.

Construction at the Regina facility began December 2019 and was officially completed in October 2020. One hundred per cent of the facility updates were completed by Saskatchewan-based contractors, further supporting the local economy. During peak production period – which generally runs from fall to early spring – the facility will employ approximately 130 people, ensuring farmers are fully supported at the onset of each growing season.

A virtual tour of the Regina facility can be viewed here.

For more information on BASF Agricultural Solutions, please visit agsolutions.ca.