A new business is coming to Red Deer. Blue Water Wash, a division of Steve’s Livestock Transport (SLT), has announced the construction of their new wash bay facility in Red Deer.

Steve’s Livestock Transport has been successfully transporting livestock throughout Canada and the US for more than thirty years. As a company they maintain a high commitment to safe, humane transport. In 1995, SLT recognized the need for bio secure wash facilities for livestock transport vehicles and Blue Water Wash opened its first facility in Blumenort, Manitoba.  Since 1995 the company has grown to have locations in Brandon, MB, Acme, AB and now Red Deer, AB.

Central Alberta: Access Prosperity has been instrumental in bringing Blue Water Wash to the region.

“Access Prosperity has been absolutely fantastic,” says Blue Water Wash General Manager Mark Reimer. “We’ve never worked with an economic development organization like this before. The help we received was invaluable. Central Alberta: Access Prosperity was directly and significantly involved in getting us to where we are in Red Deer.”

Officials from Red Deer County and the City of Red Deer worked collaboratively with and through Access Prosperity to find the best location and help Blue Water Wash navigate the development process.

“We met with both the County of Red Deer as well as City reps,” says Reimer. “Both municipalities worked so hard for us. Even though we would obviously have to choose a location in either one municipality or the other, it was impressive to see how they worked so well together to help us make the best decision for our company’s location. That’s not something you see everywhere.”

Blue Water Wash/SLT ultimately settled on a lot in Queens Business Park in Red Deer, due to its highly accessible location along the Queen Elizabeth II highway. “Our goal,” Reimer explains, “is to be the go-to biosecurity wash location for livestock transport in Alberta. We’re investing $12-15m into the Red Deer region and we are expecting great things.”

The Blue Water Wash facility, which will also serve as the Alberta headquarters for SLT, will be open for washes in the spring of 2015. An official Grand Opening is anticipated in early summer.

Central Alberta: Access Prosperity