There is a new name on the building, but not much else will be changing for the former TriWest Agro building just west of Drumheller.

The former TriWest Agro Ltd. has recently been bought out by Westview Co-op.

The crop input location offers custom granular fertilizer blending, seed, crop supplies and soil sampling.

"What brought it about is that one of the long-term objectives of our co-op is sustainability for future generations. One of the things we have noticed in the past is that we have a very high reliance, both top line and bottom line, on fossil fuels, on energy-based products," explained Westview Co-op, General Manager, Dennis Laing. "And so, one of the mandates our board has given my team and I was to diversify our ratios."

He said TriWest Agro was one of the best ways to do that, offering many different benefits for Westview Co-op.

"This acquisition came through the Business Development Unit of Federated Co-o, so it rounds out our ag offering by adding dried fertilizer to our portfolio. We believe in investing locally and we do appreciate this opportunity to expand our offering and serve even more of our members and guests in our community," continued Laing.  

The location officially became a member of Westview Co-op on October 1, 2018 after all the details had been worked out.

"A big part of this acquisition was to ensure that we were able to secure the current team from Triwest. All of the former TriWest team now has signed on and they are now Westview Co-op team members. We think it is a fantastic opportunity and it is not going anywhere," concluded Laing.

Westview Co-op also plans on investing $75 million for two new fertilizer terminals to be added to the site to better distribute fertilizer to local Co-ops.

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