Winnipeg-based grain movers Richardson International announced it has officially reopened a Thunder Bay elevator and has now doubled its storage capacity at the Lake Superior port.
The Current River Terminal, which has a storage capacity for wheat, canola and oats of 235,000 tonnes, is Richardson’s second Thunder Bay elevator, complemented another facility which opened in 1919 and has a storage capacity of 208,000 tonnes.
As part of last year’s acquisition of Vittera, Richardson began cleaning up the facility and restarting the operating systems of the Current River Terminal, which had been mothballed for past three years.
The company said the first rail cars were received last October and the terminal began loading vessels in November.
"It was a team effort on the part of our terminal management and all employees to take a mothballed facility and breathe new life into it to enhance our operations in Thunder Bay," says Darwin Sobkow, Richardson’s executive vice-president of agribusiness operations.
Current River received both the first lake freighter and the first saltwater vessel of the new shipping season this spring.