On August 11th, 1983, only eight days after his 100th birthday, Senator Norman M. Paterson died peacefully in his home in Ottawa, Ontario. Norman M. Paterson’s passing was a great loss to the Canadian business world, and the Mayor of Thunder Bay, Ontario expressed the thoughts of many Canadians in describing him as one of “the great captains of industry in this country.”
In 1992, Norman M. Paterson’s grandson Andrew B. Paterson launched the first “Inland Export Terminal” in Indian Head, Saskatchewan. This revolutionary concept allowed for the cleaning of grain on the prairies rather than at seaport. Completion of this facility marked the beginning of Paterson’s consecutive construction of nine (9) separate inland export terminals, all of which are located at key locations across the Canadian prairies and each includes a minimum rail load out capability of 112 cars.
N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited continued to expand its presence across the Canadian prairies by constructing new, fully modernized inland grain terminals. In 1999, PTC Construction Ltd. (a subsidiary company of Paterson GlobalFoods Inc.) finished building N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited’s new Winnipeg inland export grain terminal located in Winnipeg, Manitoba.
Led by Andrew B. Paterson, as sole shareholder, the company shifted its focus in 2003 towards a bold and new direction; as a result, N.M. Paterson & Sons Limited completed the sale of its marine division to Canada Steamship Lines, a Canadian shipping company owned by the former Prime Minister of Canada, Mr. Paul Martin.
In 2007 Paterson GlobalFoods Inc. led the joint venture purchase of Alliance Grain Terminal Ltd., a 102,000 tonne capacity export grain terminal located on the south shore of the Burrard Inlet in the scenic Port of Vancouver. The facility serves as a strategic gateway for the export of Canadian grain into the Asia-Pacific market.
In 2010, PTC Construction Ltd. started construction on NutraGro’s new state-of-the-art high volume fertilizer distribution center located in Winnipeg, Manitoba. The facility incorporates a 130 car rail loop track design and serves as a high volume distribution outlet for top-rated fertilizer manufacturers across North America.
In 2012, PTC Construction Ltd. built two separate large scale expansion projects. The Killarney, Manitoba and Dunmore, Alberta terminals each received the addition of four large steel grain storage tanks which increased the storage capacity of each terminal by over 32,000 tonnes.
In 2014, PTC Construction Ltd. began construction of a state of the art fertilizer distribution centre at Paterson Grain's farm services centre in Swift Current, Saskatchewan. In addition, Paterson Grain's Winnipeg inland export terminal completed the construction of its second flat storage site, providing 40,000 tonnes of additional storage capacity.
Paterson Grain began an expansion project at its terminal in Assiniboia, Saskatchewan, increasing capacity by over 28,000 tonnes. In addition, Paterson Grain opened its doors to Swift Current farm services facility's new fertilizer distribution centre. PTC Construction Ltd. began NutraGro's expansion of its fertilizer plant in Winnipeg, Manitoba, which includes a second load-out line and 20,000 tonnes of additional storage capacity.
Paterson Grain announced plans to build inland export terminals in Daysland, Alberta and Bowden, Alberta. The two facilities will feature 55,000 tonnes of storage capacity and an innovative 150-car loop track design. In addition to the terminal announcements, NutraGro completed the fertilizer expansion in Winnipeg and Paterson Grain began the construction of its new farm services center in Melita, Manitoba.
Completed construction of Paterson Grain's Flagstaff inland export terminal located in Daysland, Alberta. With storage capacity of over 55,000 metric tonnes, the new facility will utilize a highly efficient loop track system, which has become a customary feature in Paterson’s newest grain terminals. As the first in the industry to utilize the loop track design, Paterson has been able to minimize train loading times, setting new benchmarks at its two loop track sites.
Completed construction of Paterson Grain's Foothills inland export terminal located in Bowden, Alberta. With storage capacity of over 55,000 metric tonnes, the new facility utilizes a highly efficient 150 car train loop track capable of loading a full unit train in 8 hours. The facility can ship 75,000 bushels per hour, clean 8,800 bushels per hour, and receive 32 Super B trucks per hour. In addition, the terminal also includes two fully independent receiving lanes and is able to receive different commodities from each driveway without interrupting shipping operations.
Paterson Grain began an expansion project at its terminal in Morris, Manitoba, reducing loading times by over 50% with the installation of one of the largest capacity bucket elevators in operation. In addition, PTC Construction Ltd. began expansion at Paterson Grain’s terminal in Binscarth, Manitoba, increasing rail car capacity and constructing new fertilizer and bulk seed facilities.
PGF began detailed planning for its world class oat processing facility located on PGF’s 1700 acre property in North Winnipeg. O Foods Ltd. will process up to 250,000 metric tonnes of North American oats once completed in 2022. The site has superior logistics presently served by the CN, CP and BNSF railways as well as many major trucking firms, allowing O Foods to market its products to the entire continent of North America.
Paterson Grain began major upgrades to its terminal facilities in Dunmore, Alberta and Winnipeg, Manitoba. Additionally Paterson Grain completed a large scale chemical distribution centre in Dunmore, Alberta and completed major rail expansion projects which increased railcar loading capability to 150 railcars in a single shift at its locations in Swift Current and Assiniboia, Saskatchewan as well as Dunmore, Alberta.
Paterson GlobalFoods announces the purchase of the former Pipeline Foods Bowbells, North Dakota facility. The new Paterson Grain facility will be known as St Mary Terminal. According to President and CEO Andrew Paterson, “North Dakota is a significant agricultural center and the addition of the St Mary Terminal in Bowbells will expand our presence in North Dakota beyond our Turtle Mountain Terminal in Bottineau.”
Paterson GlobalFoods launches its subsidiary O Foods, one of Canada‘s largest oat mills. Read Press Release Here