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CN and ILTA’s strategic grain advantage

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CN and ILTA’s strategic grain advantage

New plant in Saskatoon helps grow booming pulse business


When ILTA Grain, a top global exporter of pulses (peas, beans and lentils) and other specialty crops, was looking to expand its business in 2012, CN was developing its new container-based supply chain approach for export grains. To increase its capacity for shipments to India, China and other destinations worldwide, ILTA wanted to build additional processing plants in Saskatchewan, relying heavily on Intermodal.

 

When ILTA Grain, a top global exporter of pulses (peas, beans and lentils) and other specialty crops, was looking to expand its business in 2012, CN was developing its new container-based supply chain approach for export grains. To increase its capacity for shipments to India, China and other destinations worldwide, ILTA wanted to build additional processing plants in Saskatchewan, relying heavily on Intermodal.

Hamath Sy,
CN Senior Manager, Specialty Grains

 

With 14,000 tonnes of processing and storage capacity, the new facility enables high-efficiency bulk container loading and features a state-of-the-art bagging warehouse, along with an innovative 112-car loop track.

By late summer 2016, the plant was up and running. “It was a great team project,” recalls Gerry Guest, Assistant Superintendent, Saskatoon Terminal. “Signals & Communications and Engineering worked on the new signals system and loop track design. Operations assisted the Health and Safety Committee with a plant risk assessment and Transportation employees helped ensure crews understood the new systems.”

Matt Murphy, Market Analyst, Intermodal, manages the whole supply chain to ensure a fluid container pipeline year round. “With weekly demand forecasts, we reposition steamship line containers every week from Brampton, ON, and Chicago, IL, to Saskatoon, SK. Since ILTA can store them, it also creates additional capacity at our Saskatoon terminal.”


 

We could never have started the new facility without CN’s support and confidence in us. Everyone at CN, from so many departments, has been spectacular. They’ve done a fabulous job and it’s really helped us grow our business.

Dan Burneski,
President, ILTA Grain Inc.

 

“It’s really exciting that ILTA has Western Canada’s newest, most efficient and sophisticated processing plant on CN territory. With efficiency gains and cost savings for both the customer and CN, it’s a major competitive advantage and a real win-win,” Hamath Sy, senior manager, Specialty Grains