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G3 opens 3 more elevators in Alberta

G3, the successor to the former Canadian Wheat Board, announces that three elevators have opened in Alberta. The company also has other new grain elevators in operation or under construction in Alberta and Saskatchewan. There's been a CWB-related court decision, too.

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A train at a G3 elevator in Canada. (Wikimedia Commons photo)
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G3, the successor to the former Canadian Wheat Board, has opened three new elevators in Alberta.

G3 Wetaskiwin and G3 Stettler County are in full operation, and G3 Irricana will begin receiving grain shortly, according to the company.

Wetaskiwin is about 70 kilometers, or 43 miles, south of Edmonton, the provincial capital. Imcara is about 53 kilometers, or 33 miles northeast of Calgary, G3 Settler County is about 64 kilometers. or 40 miles east of Red Deer.

According to G3:

The new elevators feature the same high-efficiency infrastructure as the company's other new elevators in western Canada. Trucks can unload grain in less than 5 minutes, and up to 150 cars can load in continuous motion on the loop track in a matter of hours. The elevators ship grain to G3 Terminal Vancouver, which the company describes as "the next-generation grain export terminal" that opened earlier this year on the West Coast.


“These new elevators are part of the growing network of high-efficiency G3 facilities that is transforming how grain moves across Canada,” G3 CEO Don Chapman said in a written statement. “And we’re excited to be part of the communities in and around Wetaskiwin, Stettler County and Irricana.”

GS now has six new elevators in operation or under construction in Canada. G3 Carmangay and G3 Morinville opened earlier this year; G3 Vermilion is under construction and due to open in 2021.

Carmangay is 145 kilometers, or 90 miles, south of Calgary. Morinville is 34 kilometers, or 21 miles, north of Edmonton. Vermilion is 192 kilometers, or 119 miles, east of Edmonton.

In Saskatchewan, G3 Swift Current is under construction and due to open in 2021. Swift Current is 170 kilometers, or 110 miles, west of Moose Jaw.

G3 is based in Winnipeg, Manitoba. It buys grain from across Canada, which it markets to customers worldwide. The company describes its mission as "transforming the way grain moves with an expanding network of facilities that set new standards for fast, safe and reliable operations. We focus on efficiency to create opportunity for our customers across Canada and around the world. "

CWB fight continues

G3 has roots in the former Canadian Wheat Board, or CWB, which for decades had a government-approved monopoly on marketing control of Western Canadian wheat and barley. In 2011, however, the federal government withdrew that monopoly and ordered the CWB to privatize.

A group called the Friends of the Canadian Wheat Board continues to fight that decision. Recently, the Manitoba Court of Appeal ruled the group can continue its claim against the Canadian government. The court's decision potentially could result in massive financial reparations to Canadian farmers affected by privatization, according to published reports.

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