The Belton site today
The Belton site is a key inland distribution point for Agromart Group locations residing within central and southern Ontario. Only raw ingredient products are stored at this facility (no blending completed on site). 2 front end loaders, with 6 yard buckets (~5 MT of potash) are used to direct tip fertilizer into awaiting transport trucks. In the heat of a busy fertilizer season, a third loader is brought in to help with demand. There are no customer direct sales done through this facility and all material is shipped directly to retail locations across Ontario.
Products stored on site include fertilizers such as: Urea, PurYield, Potash, SOP, MAP, DAP, ammonium sulphate (AS), MESZ, NitroK and others depending on demand. We also share products with our other terminal locations in Oxford Station (outside Ottawa) and across Quebec.
The site also houses the Sollio Agriculture office, where central, back-end support is provided to Agromart Group retail locations. Support services offered out of the Belton office include, centralized procurement of inputs (crop protection and fertilizer), HR, Finance & Credit, IT, HS&E, regulatory compliance and Product development and marketing functions. The Sollio Agriculture office also acts as the central negotiating arm for initiatives such as new product access, seed sales, misc. farm inputs and group sponsored events. Approximately 30 full time employees work out of the Belton office supporting this business.
As producers get bigger and the planting window becomes more compressed, it is often a challenge to match supply with retailer and producer demand. At peak times, this facility has moved more than 165 x 40MT trailer trucks in one day (~6750 Mt of fertilizer), and averaging 1 truck every 4.5 minutes. It can take up to 5 days to resupply 2 days worth of shipments, which can put a strain on resupply initiatives. Sollio Agriculture continues to invest in both our central and local retail storage and throughput capacities, to ensure we maintain our edge in the marketplace with logistical and service excellence.