CEO Statement Marengo Fire
October 22, 2020
As most of you are aware by now on October 8th at approximately 11 pm a fire broke out at our Marengo Terminal. I am very grateful that no one was injured in the fire and that it was contained by the fire fighters. The team and I would like to thank the fire departments of Kindersley, Oyen, Eatonia, and Kerrobert for all their tremendous efforts to bring the fire under control and after support at the site. I would also like to thank Coutts Agro for supplying trucks and water and G-mac for their assistance and support.
This was a heartbreaking event for the staff and I as we had just completed a major overhaul of the systems this past summer and movement of new crop was well underway with the first three 100 car trains already shipped. The staff have been working very hard to improve service and velocity at the elevator.
The Marengo elevator has provided service and employment to the community for the past 18 years and I am committed to continuing our service to the region. The cause of the fire is not known at this time. The elevator was insured and as a result, engineering inspections are continuing this week and clean-up will be commencing soon. At present it looks like our cleaner building and a good number of storage bins have not been impacted by the fire. We have started the process of getting the equipment and offices in place to restart shipping and receiving grain at the site as early as the last week of November. We are setting up the site to be able to receive and clean approx. 1,000 metric tonnes of grain per day with 16,000 metric tonnes of storage. Plans for the rebuild of the main house will start to take place over the next month and we will keep our local producers informed of our progress.
For producers in the Marengo area who have contracts for nearby delivery dates we will be taking in your contracts. Your customer service representative will be in direct contact with you to arrange logistics. In the interim we will be moving grain off farm to our other elevators to keep our contracts fluid. We will be presenting on farm bids for your grain until we can again receive deliveries at the site. If you have questions or need assistance during this time please do not hesitate to contact either Charles Allen, Director of Operations or Adam Gibbons, Area Merchandising Manager or myself. Our contact information is below.
The entire Providence Grain team is committed to our producers in the Marengo region and while this has been a setback, we are ready for the challenge of rebuilding the facility and serving the community. I will continue to communicate key updates with producers. I would again like to thank all of the fire departments, community members and producers who have supported us over the past two weeks. It means so very much.
President and CEO, Providence Grain Group Inc.