Historic Sites of Manitoba: Manitoba Pool Grain Elevator / Viterra Grain Elevator (RM of Rosser)
A 177-foot-high, 244,160-bushel concrete grain elevator on the CPR Carberry Subdivision in the Rural Municipality of Rosser was built for Manitoba Pool Elevators to replace smaller wooden elevators at Gordon and Bergen.
Construction by Todd and Sargent Limited began in September 1985. Silos were built using the slipform method during which about 2,600 cubic yards of concrete and 170 tons of steel rebar were consumed. Work was completed in June 1987. An opening ceremony on 20 July 1987 was attended by MPE President William Joseph Strath, MP Charlie Mayer, Reeve Percy Alan Beachell, CP Assistant Vice-President Bill Sommerville, Todd and Sargent Vice-President Phil Sargent, and MPE Chief Executive Officer Murray Cormack.
In July 2020, Viterra announced its intention to replace the elevator with a new high-throughput facility that had five times the capacity, surrounded by a 1.6-mile loop track capable of holding 156 hopper cars. The new elevator opened in July 2022 and the older elevator was closed. Its eventual fate is presently unknown.
Manitoba Pool Fonds, S. J. McKee Archives, Brandon University.
“Viterra making significant investment in southeast Manitoba,” Viterra, 16 July 2020.
“Viterra hosts grand opening of Rosser grain terminal,” Viterra, 22 June 2022.
We thank Bernie Freeman for providing additional information used here.
This page was prepared by Gordon Goldsborough.
Page revised: 12 November 2022