Richardson to upgrade eight elevators to load longer CPKC trains

Richardson International has announced plans to upgrade eight elevators located on Canadian Pacific Kansas City rail lines in Western Canada.

The work will allow these sites to load longer trains under CPKC’s 8,500-foot high efficiency product (HEP) model.

The company says construction is set to begin at Richardson Pioneer locations in Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba this summer, with completion slated for the end of 2024. (*See list of elevators below.)

“Expanding eight elevators will increase capacity and efficiency, enabling Richardson to further benefit from CPKC’s single-line network reaching Canada, the U.S. and Mexico. We have strongly supported the CP-KCS combination throughout the process and look forward to working with CPKC on additional future opportunities for shared growth,” said Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s President and Chief Operations Officer.

Richardson currently loads unit trains at 27 CPKC and one in the U.S. The company’s newest elevator, which opened earlier this year at Carmichael, Sask., is Richardson’s first 8,500-foot (approximately 1.6 mile) HEP train site.

“CPKC is thrilled to have these Richardson elevators added to the growing list of already qualified 8,500-foot HEP sites across western Canada,” noted John Brooks, CPKC’s Executive Vice-President and Chief Marketing Officer.

Richardson owns the largest durum mill in North America in St. Louis, Missouri after acquiring Italgrani USA in 2021. The combination of the CPKC rail networks creates a direct route from elevators in Saskatchewan to the Italgrani mill.

*Elevator locations that Richardson will be upgrading:

  • Lacombe, AB
  • Carseland, AB
  • Provost, AB
  • Olds, AB
  • Estevan, SK
  • Whitewood, SK
  • Nokomis, SK
  • Dundonald, MB

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