Crystal Valley to build new feed mill in Minnesota

Crystal Valley to build new feed mill in Minnesota

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Construction scheduled to begin in spring 2021

Mankato, Minnesota-based Crystal Valley said it will build a new feed mill in Trimont, Minnesota. Construction is scheduled to begin in spring 2021, with completion expected by fall 2022.

According to Crystal Valley’s website, the new mill will be a concrete, slip-formed facility with production capacity of more than 500,000 tons per year. It will feature a nine-ton mixer with approximately 2,000 tons of ingredient storage and 1,700 tons of finished feed load-out space.

Crystal Valley said its animal feed division has seen steady volume growth during the last decade, which is beginning to challenge the production capacity of its current four mills located in Jackson, Janesville, La Salle, and Vernon Center, Minnesota.

“We believe we can be much more efficient in our feed manufacturing at Crystal Valley by operating from an upgraded mill in Vernon Center and a new mill in Trimont versus continuing to utilize all four mills that we have in our system today,” said Roger Kienholz, CEO. “This will also enable us to keep up with the increasing feed demands of our growing pork-producing customers.”

In June 2020, an expansion of Crystal Valley’s newest mill in Vernon Center (built in 2006) began. This upgrade, which includes additional ingredient storage, load-out bins, and roller-milling capacity is scheduled for completion in January 2021.

“This new mill will provide a safer work environment for our employees, utilizing new automation and technology in a facility that meets all industry standards for compliance with OSHA and FSMA,” said Bob Raue, vice president of Crystal Valley’s feed division.

Crystal Valley operates in Minnesota and northern Iowa. Its core businesses are agronomy, energy, feed and grain.