Grain trains are headed to Irricana after the announcement of G3's new grain elevator build just south of the town.
CAO for The town of Irricana, Ted Coffey is excited for Irricana.
"They are planning on building a new grain elevator, south of the town of Irricana. They are big tall concrete cylinders that are all hooked to each other. They are purchasing approximately two hundred acres of land because they are putting in a circular track in there so they can pull an entire grain train off of the main line, slowly load it, and then put it back on the line and ship it off to Vancouver."
According to Coffey, the residents of Irricana are excited about the build. The only concern that he has heard is if there will be an increase in train traffic around the town. He says it will only affect those who are south of town.
"The local impact will be that they are planning on generating between 12- 15 fulltime permanent jobs," continued Coffey.
They will also be looking for workers for construction during the build. The new grain elevator will also benefit local farmers.
"I think it is a good thing in that it is going to make it easier for the local farming community to get their grain away. They previously have been having to haul it quite a distance and they are eating the entire cost of the transport. They only get paid by what they dump at the terminal. The closer the terminal is, the less their input cost," concluded Coffey.