Cargill to close Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, grain elevator



    CUT KNIFE, SK, Dec. 19 /CNW/ - Cargill Limited has announced that it will
discontinue operations at its Cut Knife, Saskatchewan, farm service centre,
effective Dec. 31, 2007.
    As part of a longstanding commitment to maintain a sustainable, efficient
and cost-effective network of facilities providing farm products and services,
Cargill will transition the services of the Cut Knife facility to three
nearby, regional Cargill facilities: the newly expanded North Battleford
facility, the recently acquired Vermilion facility (for crop inputs and grain
handling) and its existing facility in Unity (for crop inputs only). Cargill
officials note that the three alternate facilities are committed to ensuring a
seamless transition in handling local farm customers' needs.
    "The decision on closing Cut Knife was not easy and is in no way a
reflection of the great work provided by our professional staff over the
years," said Bert Benoit, farm service group manager of Cargill's Twin Rivers
Farm Service Group. "However, through our realigned network, Cargill will
continue to provide distinctive solutions that farmers have grown to value and
trust."
    Effective with these changes, Cargill Cut Knife farm marketing
representatives Randy Brackenbury and Ames Leslie will continue to perform
their duties in working with area farmers. Cut Knife Facility Manager Shane
Sigstad will transfer to North Battleford as assistant facility manager, and
Administrative Manager Lori Braun at Cut Knife will become administrative
manager for the Twin Rivers Farm Service Group. Cargill plans to add a new
customer service representative to serve the Cut Knife area. An announcement
relating to a new Cargill office location in Cut Knife is expected at a later
date.
    Benoit indicated that he expects many of the remaining assets and
materials from the local site to be utilized, with the land available for sale
at a later date.

    Cargill, which operates grain handling and crop input facilities across
Ontario and the Prairies, works in partnership with producers to develop
grain-marketing solutions. Headquartered in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Cargill
Limited employs over 10,000 people across Canada and has business interests in
meat, egg and oilseed processing, animal feed, salt, chocolate, natural gas,
crop inputs, as well as grain handling, merchandising and milling. For more
information, visit www.cargill.ca.





For further information:

For further information: Rob Meijer, (204) 226-7783,
rob_meijer@cargill.com

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