The Ottumwa Courier

September 7, 2013

More pork, more money, more jobs

By MARK NEWMAN Courier staff writer
Ottumwa Courier

---- — HEDRICK — A multi-million dollar facility for making hog feed will be built just north of Ottumwa

Cargill’s pork business broke ground this week for construction of a new, $29-million, “state-of-the-art” feed mill in Hedrick, said spokesman Mike Martin at the company’s Wichita office.

The new feed mill will be able to produce 350,000 tons of pelletized hog feed per year. By putting the facility in southeast Iowa, Martin said, it is “strategically located in proximity to feedstock raw material supplies; hog finishing operations in southeast Iowa and northern Missouri; as well as to the company’s pork processing plants at Ottumwa and Beardstown, Ill.”

The project is being built by an Iowa company out of Sioux City. It is scheduled to be completed in late 2014.

“As our pork business grows due to customer and consumer demand, this feed mill will help us improve our efficiency, reduce costs and provide hog farms with feed that is formulated by our nutritionists,” said Dirk Jones, president of Wichita, Kansas-based Cargill Pork.

That also means easier food safety and quality management.

“This feed mill... will help us remain cost competitive in our ongoing efforts to always provide superior fresh pork products and services to our domestic and international customers,” Jones said.

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