McLENNAN, Alberta – Cargill AgHorizons Canada plans to celebrate the grand opening of its new state-of-the-art Farm Service Centre in McLennan, Alberta, Canada on Sept. 5. Cargill announced plans to construct the new grain terminal at the location in June. The site also includes a crop inputs distribution center that opened in May.

The grand opening celebration, which will start at 10:30 a.m., will include remarks from Cargill Ltd. President Len Penner regarding the company’s commitment to farmers and the its investment in the Peace River region.

“We are committed to investing in the Peace River region and are proud to be able to provide our valued producers with a truly customer-driven facility to meet their evolving farm business needs,” said Mike Witkowicz, Cargill AgHorizons Farm Service Group Manager when the project was announced in June.

Guests attending the grand opening will also enjoy facility tours, lunch and entertainment.

The new 28,000-metric tonne facility doubles Cargill’s grain-handling capacity in the area. It is able to load rail cars at a rate of 50,000 bushels per hour, meaning Cargill can now load 104 rail cars in less than 12 hours.

In addition to the grain facility, the crop inputs distribution center includes a 5,000-sq.-ft. chemical and seed shed, a 240-metric-tonne fertilizer blending tower and two 50-metric-tonne bins for product loading. These improvements enable farmers to transport their grain and load fertilizer in one trip, allowing for more efficient and economical hauling and freight.