Parkland Fertilizers breaks ground on their new facility to begin construction in May 2015.

Parkland Fertilizers Groundbreaking For Their New Facility

Parkland owners, staff and officials from the County and City participate in a groundbreaking ceremony

Parkland Fertilizers celebrated the groundbreaking of their new facility which will commence construction in May, 2015 at their new location south of Co-op and Martin Deerline. City and County officials joined owners, management and staff of Parkland Fertilizers at the field which will become an impressive addition to the agricultural supply industry of the region.

Parkland’s previous location on 49th street has been a fixture of Wetaskiwin’s landscape since 1976. As modern needs have changed and time has passed, the facility has aged and become more cramped. “The city just grew up around us,” says Matthew Krutzfeld, co-owner of Parkland. “Our new location will have the cabability to better serve our customers and be more accessible for farmers.” Over the years, equipment has changed and the input volumes have magnified, requiring more space and the ability to provide greater quantities of fertilizer, seed and chemical.

With construction slated to begin next month, the plan calls for the fertilizer plant to be built first along with the new storage facilities. The storage ability alone will see a significant increase from the previous site. In time, plans include the addition of a maintenance shop and office space.

A fascinating part of this story is the partnership Parkland Fertilizers has formed with the City and County of Wetaskiwin. One of the significant hurdles the City of Wetaskiwin has had to overcome is the lack of what is called, “shovel ready” property which is greatly desired for businesses willing and wanting to relocate to the Wetaskiwin area. Companies want to purchase property that is ‘ready to go’. What they dread is having to engage in potentially multiple years of obtaining permits, dealing with zoning issues and development difficulties caused by unforeseen circumstances. A progressive thinking city has to have a plan in place to continually be able to offer such properties to potential new industry and business.

The Parkland facility is an example of how this forward thinking can play out. This was clearly evident as Parkland Fertilizer’s co-owners Pattie Ganske, Barry Schultz and Matthew Krutzfeldt shared and chatted with guests, along with Wetaskiwin’s Mayor Bill Elliot, councilors and county officials at the groundbreaking event. The event marked a substantial milestone of seeing the growth and future of the company come to fruition.

Get local stories you won't find anywhere else right to your inbox.
Sign up here

Just Posted

Second annual Sledz and Treadz Poker Rally at Pigeon Lake Feb. 29

Vehicle and poker event will benefit Lakedell School

Summer villages would like to fix Range Road #11

County of Wetaskiwin hears about problems with Pigeon Lake route

Farmers, please check your canola bins

Spoiling occurs, and producers don’t want to suffer for it

AHS review is a key commitment to Albertans

Internal savings will allow more money to be directed to patients and front-line care

Lengthy vehicle chase includes attempt to ram police vehicle says RCMP

Wetaskiwin RCMP charge three after police vehicle rammed

VIDEO: Minister reports ‘modest progress’ after blockade talks with First Nation

Wet’suwet’en hereditary chiefs say Coastal GasLink does not have authority to go through their lands

Trudeau cancels Caribbean trip amid pipeline protests across Canada

Protests against Coastal GasLink have disrupted rail service

Trudeau confers with cabinet ministers as rail blockades continue

The Trudeau government has been criticized for not doing more to end the blockades

Canadian nurses’ unions warn national standards for coronavirus protection too low

President says safety protocols nationwide are inadequate compared to those in Ontario and other countries

Murder of sex worker exposes Canada’s hypocrisy on prostitution: advocate

A 2014 law made purchasing sex or benefiting from the selling of sex illegal

Canada’s flag was flown for first time 55 years ago today

The flag is used to celebrate wins in sports, honour Canada Day, and flown at half-mast after tragedy

No shirts, no city services: Firefighter calendar too steamy for Ontario officials

The city has never funded the calendars, but has OK’d photoshoots at city-owned properties

CFL teams under the microscope after free agency begins

While some big names remain, here’s what lies ahead leading up to next month’s CFL combine in Toronto

Most Read