Ceres Global Ag Corp. Announces Agreement with Koch Fertilizer
TORONTO (Canada) / WICHITA, Kan. (U.S.) – Ceres Global Ag Corp. (TSX: CRP) (“Ceres” or the “Corporation”) announced today that it has entered into an agreement with Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC (“Koch”), for the storage and handling of dry fertilizer products at Ceres’ Northgate Commodities Logistics Centre in Northgate, Saskatchewan at the Canada-United States border.
Once constructed, the Ceres facility will include three storage bays with a total capacity of approximately 26,000 short tons. Koch will have exclusive use of the facility upon its completion in May of 2017.
“This agreement with Koch is an important milestone in our build-out of the Northgate facility,” stated Patrick Bracken, chief executive officer of Ceres. “The addition of fertilizer to the suite of commodities that we are able to handle at Northgate will further diversify and grow our revenue at this facility. In addition, we expect that Ceres’ ability to offer fertilizer distribution will make Northgate a more attractive destination for farmers to sell their grain. The opportunity for farmers to backhaul fertilizer is expected to increase Northgate’s draw area in Saskatchewan and Manitoba for grain origination.”
“We continue to look for innovative ways to provide a portfolio of fertilizer products to our customer base,” said Todd Minnihan, managing director, for Koch Fertilizer Canada, ULC. “The relationship with Ceres will help Koch serve the needs of our Western Canadian customers.”
About Ceres Global Ag Corp. (ceresglobalagcorp.com)
Ceres Global Ag Corp. is a TSX-listed company focused on two primary businesses: a Grain Storage, Handling and Merchandising unit, anchored by its 100% ownership of Riverland Ag Corp., and a Commodity Logistics unit, containing its 25% interest in Stewart Southern Railway Inc. and its development of the Northgate, SK Commodity Logistics Centre. Riverland Ag Corp. is a collection of nine (9) grain storage and handling assets in Minnesota, New York, and Ontario having aggregate storage capacity of approximately 47 million bushels. Riverland Ag also manages two (2) facilities in Wyoming on behalf of its customer-owner. Stewart Southern Railway Inc. is a short-line railway with a range of 130 kilometres that operates in Southeastern Saskatchewan. The Northgate Commodities Logistics Centre is a state-of-the-art grain, oil and oilfield supplies transloading site being developed in conjunction with Riverland Ag and several potential energy company partners, connected to BNSF Railway.
About Koch Fertilizer
Koch Fertilizer, LLC and its affiliates own or have interests in nitrogen fertilizer plants in the United States, Canada, and Trinidad and Tobago. The companies cover global demand through state-of-the-art terminals in the U.S., Canada, Mexico, Brazil, Australia, France and the United Kingdom. Koch Fertilizer, LLC and its affiliates have the capability to market and distribute more than 13 million tons of fertilizer products annually. Koch Fertilizer, LLC is a subsidiary of Koch Ag & Energy Solutions, LLC. Learn more about Koch Fertilizer, LLC at www.kochfertilizer.com.
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