Parrish and Heimbecker to expand Hamilton flour mill, terminal

Prairie grain handler and processor Parrish and Heimbecker plans to become the single biggest user of Ontario-grown wheat with a major expansion of its newest flour mill.

The privately-held Winnipeg company on Tuesday announced expansion work is now underway on both its mill and adjacent Lake Ontario harbour terminal at Hamilton.

Few details were available in the company’s announcement Tuesday, other than that the Hamilton milling operation, opened in 2017, will have a second mill added which will “effectively double (the site’s) capacity” when it comes online, expected in 2020.

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Before the Hamilton mill’s construction, P+H was already the province’s biggest flour miller and Canada’s second-biggest, with Ontario mills at Cambridge, Acton and Hanover, plus mills at Montreal, Halifax, Lethbridge and Saskatoon.

Expansion of P+H’s twin domed grain terminal at Hamilton’s Pier 10 “will continue to increase the company’s ability to connect Ontario producers with global grain marketing opportunities,” the company said.

The company didn’t say Tuesday by how much it plans to expand the terminal, which today has storage capacity for 49,500 tonnes of grain and can move 850 tonnes per hour. A company representative wasn’t immediately available to comment.

P+H in Tuesday’s announcement also pledged to add new crop input infrastructure at its Kerwood, Ont. grain elevator and ag retail site, about 45 km west of London, including a new fertilizer tower.

The tower will triple P+H’s fertilizer blending capacity at Kerwood, and will also include a new fertilizer mixer “specifically designed to thoroughly and uniformly apply micronutrients, nitrogen stabilizers and liquid additives.” — Glacier FarmMedia Network

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