|Chauvin Elevator Closing this Summer|
Chauvins last elevator will close at the end of this crop year July 31.
The Agricore elevator in the community is a small elevator that takes only five grain cars at a time, says Agricore spokesman Diane Wreford when reached at her Winnipeg office.
The elevator has been maintained by staff from a sister operation in Edgerton so there will be no staff to transfer.
The wooden part of the elevator was built in 1969 with a licenced capacity of 3,400 tonnes of grain. Three steel annex tanks with a capacity of 900 tonnes each were added in 1988.
There are no plans at this time to close the Edgerton elevator operated by Agricore.
Wreford suggested that some producers could move their grain to a larger facility at Provost but added Edgerton is still open and that Viking is a large capacity elevator like Provost.
She adds that each elevator is looked at individually before any plans are made to close it. Agricore takes into account the age, size, efficiency and proximity to other elevators. Each of the customers in the Chauvin area have been notified of the move, says Wreford. But she added there will still be a review of uses by Agricore and local farmers for the elevator in case
an alternative use for it other than demolition is found.
Meanwhile at Provost, Agricore had experienced some congestion in November, December of 2000 and January of 2001 because of slow grain sales but there is a lot of capacity (for grain) right now adds Wreford.
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