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FCL to Close Three Feed Production Plants in Canada

May 16, 2019
A Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) feed facility in Brandon, MB and two other feed production sites in Canada are slated for closure. Image courtesy of Google Maps
A Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) feed facility in Brandon, MB and two other feed production sites in Canada are slated for closure. Image courtesy of Google Maps

Canadian firm Federated Co-operatives Limited (FCL) announced plans this week to consolidate its feed production network from six facilities to three sites in Saskatoon, Calgary, and Moosomin. The company will transfer services and products from its Brandon, MB and Melfort, SK facilities to the three other plants. Wetaskiwin Co-op will take over FCL’s feed plant in Edmonton this coming September. 

“While we don’t make these decisions lightly, by consolidating manufacturing and taking measures to refocus our responses in the livestock sector, we’re better able to serve our local co-ops and their producer customers across Western Canada well into the future,” Ron Healey, vice president of agriculture and consumer business at FCL, said in a company press release. 

Consolidation among competitors and on-going changes to the feed market were cited as the main drivers behind FCL’s decision to shutter the plants. The company said the move will bolster FCL’s ability to serve its customers with feed products in the long-term. 

“These plants have been in their communities for many years and I want to thank all of the team members who have contributed so much for so many years,” Shelley Revering, FCL Director of Feed, said in a statement. “The concentration of our feed manufacturing operations results from industry challenges and in no way reflects the substantial efforts of our plant teams.”

FCL is currently investing in upgrades at the three remaining feed production sites. One facility is slated to receive new bagging equipment to enable the firm to use open-mouth bags. 

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