Wetaskiwin Co-op purchases Parkland Fertilizers

Co-op in Wetaskiwin is expanding its agri-business ventures and providing a one-stop experience for customers...

Wetaskiwin Co-op recently acquired Parkland Fertilizers.

Co-op in Wetaskiwin is expanding its agri-business ventures and providing a one-stop experience for customers with the Co-op’s acquisition of Parkland Fertilizers.

Wetaskiwin Co-op recently purchased Parkland Fertilizers in Wetaskiwin and the fertilizer centre officially became a part of the Co-op March 6.

“Out Co-op is based on investing locally. When the opportunity came up to add a local business that would benefit our farm customers, we knew it would be a great fit,” said general manager Allan Halter, in a March 6 press statement.

Wetaskiwin Co-op marketing co-ordinator Sam McDowell says Parkland Fertilizers range of services was a business avenue Co-op was not able to provide its customers before the purchase. “Now we can promise it to our customer.”

“Adding a strong fertilizer to our ag business means that our customers can look to Wetaskiwin Co-op as the one stop for their farming needs,” said Halter in the press statement.

The statement continued to read, “’We have put our heart and soul into providing the best for our customers, and our staff, who have become our friends and family over the past 40 years, as well as our community,” said Pattie Ganske, Parkland Fertilizers.

Parkland Fertilizers celebrated its 40th anniversary last year and 2017 marks the centennial year for Wetaskiwin Co-op. “There’s 140 years of ag experience in this business,” said McDowell.

Wetaskiwin Co-op’s purchase of Parkland Fertilizers continues in the trend of the cooperative’s expansion of its services and support network across western Canada.

Last summer Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced that it was investing $75 million to construct two new fertilizer terminals to better distribute fertilizer to community co-ops and their farm customers. The new terminals are scheduled to come online mid-2017, says the March 6 press statement.

The terminals will be located outside Hanley, Sask. and Brandon, Man.

According to the FCL website, “(They) warehouse, blend and distribute a full suite of crop nutrition products throughout the Co-operative Retailing System (CRS). The Hanley terminal will be able to store up to 45,000 metric tonnes of fertilizer while the Brandon terminal will hold 27,500 metric tonnes.”

“The reason the FCL expansion is so important is because they can support us and we can support our customers,” said McDowell.

 

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