Port Windsor grain terminal to get $26.3-million upgrade

WINDSOR — The federal government is investing up to. $26.3 million in the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Grain Terminal Expansion Project at Port Windsor, using money from the National Trade Corridors Fund.

The project will increase the port’s export capacity to global markets in Europe, the US, and Latin America for agricultural production from southwestern Ontario farmers in Essex, Kent, Lambton, Middlesex and Elgin counties. It includes a new grain drying equipment; an expansion of grain storage capacity; an expansion of shipping and receiving conveyor loading capacity; and the development of an automated truck kiosk system to expedite complex traffic flows.

Along with expanding infrastructure, the project aims to improve the efficiency and cost-effectiveness of Canadian grain exports. This will ensure their continued growth and successful reach into designated markets.

“This investment by the Government of Canada and Archer Daniels Midland Company Grain Terminal to the region’s largest agricultural multi-modal hub at Port Windsor provides new and continuing markets for local and prairie farmers to export Canadian grains,” said Steve Salmons, president and CEO of Port Windsor. “It proves that marine is not only the right solution for the movement of products to and from their plant, but the greenest solution leading to reduced GHG’s and reduced truck congestion on roads.”

The project also aims to alleviate the current supply chain bottleneck at Windsor’s grain terminal while allowing for increased tonnage. It will enhance marine transportation  while reducing emissions in grain transportation. This will address issues like idling trucks, waiting times for marine vessels to dock, and locomotives shuttling around railcars for temporary grain storage on-site.

“The investment being made by the Government of Canada and ADM at Port Windsor will allow ADM to maintain and grow our operations,” said Kevin Wright, general manager – Great Lakes Region, country manager for Canada. “Improving the infrastructure and export loading capacity at our Export Grain Terminal and Oilseed Processing Facility which will improve our customer experience for grains and oilseeds produced by our farmer customers in Ontario and Canada and support global food security.”