A southeastern Saskatchewan crop input and seed retail outlet which Cargill shut down last year has reopened under the Parrish and Heimbecker shield.
P+H announced Tuesday it has bought the former Cargill crop input facility at Langbank, about 115 km west of Virden, Man., for an undisclosed sum.
The Langbank facility, which sits next to P+H’s elevator on the CN rail line, offers “full-service” granular fertilizer supply and custom blending, along with liquid fertilizers, canola and pedigreed bulk seed and crop protection products.
The Winnipeg grain company also said Tuesday it has hired Darryl Balog — who hails from Langbank but most recently worked for Cargill in western Saskatchewan — as the crop inputs manager for the new location.
“Not only does P+H have the bricks and mortar, we’ve also ensured we have top-notch staff to advise and service our customers,” Langbank facility manager Lance Jorgenson said in a release.
Balog, Jorgenson said, “is well known to many people in this area and brings a wealth of experience in crop inputs and sales.”
P+H’s presence in the immediate area includes the Langbank elevator, which has 6,200 tonnes of storage capacity and a 25-car rail spot, along with a 25,500-tonne capacity elevator and 53-car spot on the CP line at Moosomin, Sask., about 55 km east of Langbank.
Cargill, which shut the input outlet at Langbank in February 2012, said then the site “no longer serves to most effectively meet the needs of the company and its customers.”
Cargill to shut SE Sask. crop input centre, Feb. 13, 2012