Sollio Agriculture invests $4.2 million in Truro
New grain storage and reception facilities for producers in the Maritimes
April 18, 2019 - Sollio Agriculture, a leader in the marketing of grain and farm inputs in Canada, is proud to announce the construction of a new grain elevator and distribution center 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.
“Sollio Agriculture’s grain business is booming in the Maritimes. The new facilities will serve a dual purpose of increasing reception and storage capacity—a recurring issue for field crop producers in the region—and optimizing the reception and distribution of proteins and grains destined for mills in the region,” says Sébastien Léveillé, Executive Vice-President of Sollio Agriculture.
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 not only facilitate the marketing activities of its Grains Sector, to the benefit of field crop producers in the Maritimes, but also the supplying of its Livestock Production Sector’s mills in the region, which represents 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.
Sollio Agriculture, the new name of the Agri-business Division of La Coop fédérée, is a Canadian leader in the agriculture industry. It specializes in the marketing of farm inputs and value-added agronomic services. It benefits from a synergy between three sectors: livestock production, crop production and grains. Present in almost every part of Canada, it has close to 1,100 employees and made $2.125 billion in sales in 2018 in Canada and abroad. For more information about Sollio Agriculture, visit sollio.ag.