Ayr, Ontario, March 26, 2019 - FS PARTNERS held the official grand opening of its
new high-efficiency, large capacity fertilizer plant at its agronomy and grain marketing
site in Ayr on Saturday, March 23.
More than 300 local and surrounding area residents, FS PARTNERS employees, directors,
and industry leaders came out to celebrate, network and tour the facility. The new
state-of-the-art, 36,000 sq. ft., 15,000 metric ton flat storage facility is fully
equipped with eight bulk bins that allow for a variety of retail blending capabilities,
mixing up to 2,000 metric tons of crop nutrient products per day, more than doubling
the old capacity of 800 metric tons per day. It is the first plant in Ontario to
utilize an HIM high-performance mixer (3.5 MT capacity), cutting production times
The new plant operates as a shared asset between GROWMARK, Inc. and its retail division
FS PARTNERS. "We saw the need for GROWMARK to invest the $7.2 million into this
facilitate to provide greater efficiencies in distribution for FS PARTNERS' locations
and for other FS area co-operatives," says Brent Ericson, GROWMARK vice president
"The FS PARTNERS board sees this as an excellent investment for our farmer-owners,
our customers and for retailers in the province," says Bert Perriman FS PARTNERS
board president. "It provides increased capabilities in all aspects from faster
turn-around production times, to greater flexibility in product offerings."
"We are very pleased with how the project took shape and was completed, as planned,
on time for spring," says Frank Barron, FS PARTNERS division manager. "Construction
began October 2017 and involved expertise from more than a dozen skilled trades,
nearly 200 outside workers and our extraordinary team of employees to bring it to
fruition," says Barron.
The facility also has the ability (through a 20-car rail siding) located on the
property, to receive product by both railcar and truck.
GROWMARK, Inc. is an agricultural co-operative providing agronomy, energy, and logistics
products and services, as well as grain marketing and risk management services in
Ontario and across North America. GROWMARK owns the FS trademark, which is used
by GROWMARK FS member companies and subsidiaries.
FS PARTNERS, headquartered in Guelph, Ontario, is a retail division of GROWMARK,
Inc. that specializes in agronomy, energy through (UPI Energy FS) and grain marketing
(Great Lakes Grain). It serves its farm customers from 16 branch locations throughout
southwestern and central Ontario.