Saskatoon’s Northern Nutrients, the sustainable fertilizer technology company, has announced plans to construct a new $25 million manufacturing facility outside Saskatoon. Construction is expected to start in July, with expected completion in the spring of 2022. Expected production capacity is 28,000 tonnes annually for both domestic markets and export. The company anticipates hiring approximately 30 new employees when operational.
“The adoption of the products by producers and the anticipated increasing demand has convinced us to produce our own form of the sulphur-enhanced urea in Canada,” said Ross Guenther, president and co-owner of Northern Nutrients.
“Northern Nutrients will produce sulphur enhanced urea fertilizer at the facility, which is the first non-potash fertilizer manufacturing plant to be built in Saskatchewan since the early 1990s. Owned by Ross Guenther and Matt and Rob Owens of Emerge Ag Solutions, the new plant will use the Shell Thiogro technology – a patented process for the incorporation of micronized elemental sulphur into urea – to produce a sulphur fertilizer.
“Saskatchewan is a global leader in the production of food and fertilizer, and this investment by Northern Nutrients will further strengthen our competitive advantage in agriculture,” Trade and Export Development Minister Jeremy Harrison said. “This facility will be another strong complement to our burgeoning ag industry, creating good local jobs and helping to grow the value of our manufacturing exports in the months and years ahead.”