Japan clientele coming to region for Cargill grand opening
for Smoky River Express
Next week’s grand opening of Cargill’s multi-million dollar grain handling facility located west of McLennan will have an international flavour.
Mike Witkowicz, Cargill AgHorizons farm service group manager, has confirmed the attendance of several of the company’s key clients from Japan for the historic event being held Sept. 5.
“We are able to confirm the attendance of some of our end-use customers from Japan for this event. These customers are very important to Peace Region producers as we are an 'export' area for most of our grain and oil seed production,” Witkowicz explains, adding Japan imports hundreds of thousands of tonnes of product from this region.
Guests in attendance will be from Showa-Sangyo and Ajinomoto Bakery Co.
“The day following our grand opening, they will be visiting some of our Cargill farm customers to see the product which will eventually end up in Japan after being harvested,” Witkowicz says.
The Sept. 5 grand opening will include tour shuttle services beginning at 10:30 a.m., a grand opening ceremony, complimentary lunch and children’s entertainment for residents and special guests in attendance.
“Given the pace at which harvest has started with swathing and combining, we really hope our area producers are able to take three hours out of their day to come out for lunch, meet the guests and view our new facility.”
The site consists of a crop inputs distribution centre with a 5,000 square foot chemical and seed shed; a 240 metric tonne fertilizer blending tower; a 13,000 metric tonne fertilizer shed - the largest of its kind in the Peace River area - and two 50 metric tonne bins for straight product loading.
Cargill AgHorizons is a division of Cargill and remains dedicated to creating value for agricultural producers, specifically grain and oilseed growers across the Prairies and in Ontario.
The division leads the industry in providing innovations in the areas of grain origination, agronomic and grain marketing consulting and crop input supplies.
Professionally trained customer focus teams work one-on-one with their producer customers, building long-term relationships, while striving to understand their farming businesses and providing distinctive solutions, matched to their unique needs.
Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cargill Limited employs over 8,000 people across Canada and has business interests in meat, egg and oilseed processing, animal feed, salt, chocolate, natural gas, and crop inputs. The company also deals with grain handling, merchandising and milling.
Across the world, Cargill employs 140,000 people in 65 countries.
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