Hi-Pro Feeds LP has purchased and closed Parrish & Heimbecker’s New-Life Mills feed plant in Lethbridge.
The company is taking “the next step in our growth strategy” after improving its manufacturing capabilities, delivery systems, and customer support following its acquisition of Viterra’s North American feed business in April 2012, said Daren Kennett, Hi-Pro founder and senior vice-president.
Southern Alberta is a key market and farmers there are leading the way in producing high-quality meat and dairy products, he said.
“We are dedicated to ensuring that livestock producers in the region receive the highest-quality animal nutrition and expertise in the market,” said Kennett. “Over $4 million has been invested into the Hi-Pro Lethbridge facility in the past three years allowing us to provide consistent, high-quality products for all species of animals in a cost-effective, efficient manner.”
The New-Life feed mill permanently closed on Dec. 1, with its feed customers now being served by the Hi-Pro facilty. Three New-Life employees, including feed mill general manager Jassen Jackman, have joined Hi-Pro.
Okotoks-headquartered Hi-Pro Feeds has 12 feed mills in Western Canada and three U.S. states serving more than 5,000 customers. More than 70 per cent of its 438 employees are company shareholders.