Business & Policy
Sollio Agriculture invests $4.2 million in Truro, Nova Scotia
New grain storage and reception facilities for producers in the Maritimes.
By Top Crop Manager
Sollio Agriculture, formerly the agri-business division of La Coop fédérée, announced the construction of a new grain elevator and distribution centre in Truro, Nova Scotia, at the cost of $4.2 million.
The investment includes building storage silos for grain and by-products, as well as unloading systems for railcars and trucks. This new facility will provide a delivery point for grain producers, and will be Sollio Agriculture’s distribution centre to local feed mills and end users in the region. Construction of the site is underway with a target startup date in the fall of 2019.
Sébastien Léveillé, executive vice-president of Sollio Agriculture, says the new facilities will increase reception and storage capacity for the Maritimes, which is a recurring issue for field crop producers in the region.
By 2020, Sollio Agriculture expects to handle an annual volume of around 100,000 tonnes, meaning an additional 25,000 tonnes of grains and 37,500 tonnes of proteins. The new installation will facilitate the company’s grain marketing activities and supply the company’s livestock production sector’s mills in the region. The company states this is an advantage for dairy and poultry producers who will have access to quality feed at a competitive price.
In total, five new steel silos will be built: two for grain, particularly corn and wheat, and three for by-products used in feed manufacturing. There will also be five loading bins and a continuous weighing system, complete with new office spaces. The new facilities will also benefit the existing mill on the site by improving reception and shipping capacity.
In addition, Sollio Agriculture is building a grain export terminal in the Port of Quebec City — a $90-million investment that will open new international markets for farmers by making it possible for them to export their harvests to the United States, Mexico, Europe and Asia. It is also building a terminal in Oshawa, Ont., for the exportation of grains to Europe, Central America and the Caribbean.