North West Terminal Ltd

It is our mission to create value for our customers and shareholders through quality, service and price.

North West Terminal Ltd. (NWT), incorporated in Saskatchewan on February 23, 1993, began operations in June of 1996.  The Company owns and operates an inland-grain terminal and bio-products production facility on the Canadian National and Canadian Pacific rail networks near Unity, Saskatchewan.  Ownership of NWT is widely held by approximately 1,000 shareholders, the majority of which are area-farmers.

We are pleased that the company is entering its 20th year of operations and look forward to the opportunity to continue serving the community.  As our mission states, we are here to create value for our customers and shareholders which are members of the local community.  To this end, we are hopeful that we are having a positive impact.

Farmers established NWT in order to bring competition to the region through better prices and improved service.  The concept for the company is modelled after the success of Weyburn Inland Terminal Ltd. (WIT).  Where a group of like-minded farmers decided to move up the value chain and construct their own grain-handling facility with the principles of innovation, economies of scale and leading-edge technology.

NWT’s facility at Unity began as a state-of-the-art 1.2 million bushel (32,000 metric tonne) inland-grain terminal designed with large-capacity grain cleaning and shipping capabilities.  Since operations started in 1996, the following significant additions have been made.

  • Installation of a high-capacity grain dryer in 1997;
  • Expansion of the rail-car loading facilities from 52 to 104 car-spots in 1998;
  • Construction of an additional 1.1 million bushels (31,000 tonnes) of storage space in 2000;
  • Addition of two high-speed cleaner machines with a combined capacity of 18,000 bushels (490 tonnes) per hour in 2001;
  • Installation of a density separator for removing ergot/midge/fusarium in wheat in 2010;
  • Purchase of a locomotive for switching rail cars in 2012;
  • Installation of two colour sorters in 2013;
  • Expansion of the rail siding from 104 to 150 cars in 2014;
  • Extension of the rail siding to connect to CP Rail and provide the Company with access to both CN’s and CP’s North American rail networks in early 2015.

Today NWT’s facility at Unity is an efficient high-throughput grain elevator with a total storage capacity of 2.3 million bushels (63,000 metric tonnes) – one of the largest grain handling facilities in Western Canada.  The Company currently can:  1) receive up to 30,000 bushels (816 tonnes) of grain per hour on two driveways; 2) clean grain at a rate of up to 20,000 bushels (544 tonnes) per hour; 3) dry grain at a rate of 2,500 bushels (68 tonnes) per hour; and 4) load rail cars on its rail siding at a rate of 30,000 bushels (816 tonnes) per hour.

NWT’s focus has expanded as the company has grown over the last 19 years.  NWT is an owner of Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd. (AGT).  AGT owns and operates a 102,000 tonne bulk grain terminal in Vancouver, British Columbia. NWT is also a shareholder of Alliance Seed Company Ltd. (ASC).  This company works with local seed growers to fulfill their objective of providing top performing varieties of seed to Western Canadian farmers.

NWT established North West Bio-Energy Ltd. (NWB) in February, 2005 for the purpose of constructing and operating a 25 million litre per year Bio-Product’s facility adjacent to the grain facility at Unity, Saskatchewan.  The Bio-Product’s facility produces ethanol for fuel, industrial and potable markets.  The facility also produces 25,000 tonnes per year of high-protein feed supplement in the form of dried distiller’s grain. The Bio-Products facility is currently undergoing an upgrade to allow for further refinement of ethanol. This upgrade will allow the facility to diversify its product line and enter new markets.

NWT’s focus continues to be on creating value for its customers for the long term.  To this end, the Board of Directors continues to feel it is important to reduce the Company’s dependence on export markets for grain and create opportunities for area farmers to capture a larger portion of the value chain right here at home.

NWT’s status as an industry leader is recognized by SaskBusiness Magazine for achieving significant revenues generated within Sasktachewan. Each year since 2008, SaskBusiness Magazine has listed the Company as one of Saskatchewan's Top 100 businesses. This recognized status reflects the philosophy and goals of the farmers that set out to build it.  This is captured in the company’s motto,

“BUILDING OUR FUTURE”.

 


 
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