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By the first week of November Dave and Ron Morin of Falher will be running their own grain-handling outlet in Girouxville.
And it couldn’t come soon enough.
“They’ve been waiting anxiously for the building,” said Ron’s wife Janet October 23, the day it arrived.
The office was delayed a couple of times in its trip down from La Crete, a four-hour drive from the northeast, and the building was days behind schedule.
“We’ve never moved a building before,” Dave confessed.
When the old-Agricore structure finally arrived, the brothers discovered that a local company had to be hired to help set it into place, a service they had assumed the moving company would have covered.
“It’s not happened fast enough,” Ron admitted, eager to get the brothers’ company off the ground. “It’s not fun crawling around in the snow.”
Even their business cards took longer than expected when Telus delayed issuing a local phone number.
323-3342. They got it now.
It’s a few weeks into a busy time of year for moving grain, and Dave said they are more than ready to get going.
They bought a pick-up a month ago in Edmonton and are renting a tractor from a local farmer. Their largest purchase was $5,000 for a used grain auger to lift the grain into the railroad car bins.
“We’re going step by step,” Dave said. “If that means a used building and used equipment, so be it.”
The land is owned by Parrish & Heimbecker, the Winnipeg-based company the brothers will be contractors for on a strictly commission-basis.
“It’s a change of work for myself,” said Dave, who spent over three years managing a bulk fuel station in Falher before selling and servicing computers in Girouxville earlier this year.
Owning his own business with his brother brings Dave back to his roots.
Until 1997 he bought grain for UGG in Falher.
“And it’s not too often brothers get to work together,” Dave added.
So the younger brother will be the office guy, coordinating orders of railroad cars for smooth delivery.
While the elder sibling will be the sales force.
“He’s farmed for 17 years, then in sales for 17 years,” Dave said. “I thought he would be qualified.”
Dave approached Ron about a 50/50 partnership six weeks ago, shortly after considering the offer from P&H.
“He’s more excited than I am,” Dave said.
How is it working with a big brother?
“Right now it’s kinda hard to tell,” said Dave, “we’re running around.”
At least the coffee should be on and the day’s market prices posted 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting this week.
“The B.S. table will be set up, and the whole nine yards,” Ron smiled.
“It’s more competitive nowadays, especially with the merger of UGG and Agricore,” Dave said. “They [customers] lost one, now they gain one.”
The brothers are going against the grain, elevators that is.
“This is eliminating the grain elevator,” said Dave Morin about their grain handling business.
“The farmer doesn’t have to pay elevation in an elevator,” his brother Ron explained.
“It goes into an auger and into a railroad car,” Dave finished.
“At the customer’s convenience,” Ron added after a pause. “The farmer controls the date. If they want to move grain on November 15, we will.”


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