• Wed. May 22nd, 2024

BrettYoung opens New turf seed processing facility

To keep up with the demand from its customers who serve global turf seed markets, Canadian agribusiness BrettYoung has made a USD20 million investment in NorthCore. The facility is now equipped with the latest technologies for cleaning, sorting, and packaging turf seed.

The 5500m2 facility was built to achieve a new level in capacity, BrettYoung’s said in a statement.

“We’ve had progressive growth every year for 15 years running,” said Cory Baseraba, BrettYoung COO. “Our customers continue to want more products from us, and we’ve been limited by what we can provide mainly by how much we can grow and process. With several initiatives underway to increase turf seed production in Western Canada, we still needed to increase our processing capabilities to service our customers. And to do that with the same high level of service we want to provide is what drove the decision to invest in NorthCore.”

NorthCore features one cleaning line right now, with space for three more lines as supply grows. It has a pneumatic conveying system (a network of pipelines that move seed with air) to transfer seed around the facility, blending and packaging lines that process seed three times more quickly than the legacy equipment, and is all run digitally through centralized monitoring and control systems.

“NorthCore was designed to focus on turf seed,” said Baseraba. “With a focus on those products, it reduces the number of changeouts, downtime, and cleaning time. This also allows our employees to focus on specific aspects of the job and make it their specialty, making the entire system more efficient.”

Guy Oldenkotte

Guy Oldenkotte is senior editor of sportsfields.info and has been covering the outdoor sportssurfaces market and industry since 2003

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