Canadian Company Opens $90M Rail Hub in NWI

Canadian Company Opens $90M Rail Hub in NWI

Canada fertilizer manufacturer PotashCorp has opened a $90 million distribution facility in Hammond called the Hammond Regional Distribution Center. The site can hold nearly 120,000 tons of potash, which is a key ingredient in fertilizers. The company recently expanded its mining operations in Saskatchewan, and needed the new hub to reduce shipment times. PotashCorp added 14 miles of rail lines to the Hammond location in 2012. Today, the location has the capacity for 1,000 railcars.

A release from PotashCorp stated the following:

PotashCorp knows farmers don’t have time to wait for their crop nutrients – deliveries need to be reliable and on time.

That’s why we decided to build the Hammond Regional Distribution Center in Hammond, Indiana.

Today we celebrated the grand opening of our facility’s new warehouse, which can hold more than 100,000 tons of potash. With that capacity, this $90 million center is like having a mini mine in the Midwest.

“It improves our ability to efficiently deliver potash to our U.S. market,” says Bob Felgenhauer, PotashCorp’s Vice President of Transportation and Distribution. “Building this facility shows our customers we are committed to meeting their needs and are willing to invest in facilities to do that.”

The warehouse, completed in April 2016, is equipped with state-of-the-art product-handling equipment that can unload railcars two to three times faster than a typical potash warehouse. This helps handle increased capacity from our Saskatchewan mines, which recently saw multi-billion dollar expansions.

The first phase of the Hammond project, which added 14 miles of track to the rail yard, was completed in 2012. This created space for up to 1,000 railcars to stand loaded and ready to roll. In bypassing potential bottlenecks at the busy Chicago rail corridor 25 miles to the north, we can forward position material and significantly reduce delivery times to customers.