Archer Daniels Midland Co. on June 1 officially opened a new feed mill in Glencoe, Minn., replacing a rusting facility there that was built in 1948.  The new mill is highly automated and will be able to process up to 100,000 tons of animal feed per year, more than three times its current capacity at the site.

Plant manager Lyle Highland said the mill’s main customers are swine, dairy, beef and poultry growers in Minnesota, Wisconsin, North Dakota and parts of Iowa. The mill can mix from five to 25 ingredients into various feeds, he said, so the mill can also serve specialty feed markets such as game birds and wildlife.

Construction of the feed mill began one year ago, and kept on schedule in part because of a lengthy fall and moderate winter.  Company officials declined to say how much the new facility cost. The plant will purchase soybean meal, corn, canola and other feed ingredients mostly from local sources, Highland said.

The new mill expects to become fully operational during the next three weeks, he said, and the old mill will be demolished in 2017 and converted into parking space. None of the 23 workers is expected to lose employment.

Officials said the mill is one of about 20 in ADM’s network in North America, and the company’s first new feed mill in the past decade. Glencoe is about 55 miles west of Minneapolis.

ADM, with headquarters in Chicago and Decatur, Ill., also announced Wednesday that it will expand and modernize its pet food and specialty livestock feed operations in Effingham, Ill., and expects that project to be completed by late 2017.

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