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I’Anson Brothers makes progress on new UK feed mill

This progress comes after the signing of contracts with the firm’s banking partner, HSBC UK, and the construction engineers.

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Financing and construction contracts have been agreed for a new feed mill for I’Anson Brothers in the United Kingdom.

Construction is set to begin soon on a GBP20 million (US$27.6 million) investment by I’Anson Brothers Ltd., a private company based in Masham in North Yorkshire, England.

This progress comes after the signing of contracts with the firm’s banking partner, HSBC UK, and the construction engineers. Selected to design and build the new feed mill at a new development at Dalton New Bridge is Ottevanger Milling Engineers of The Netherlands.

Key features of the planned development are energy efficiency and state-of-the-art technology, the company says.

Complementing I’Anson’s existing mill in Masham, the Dalton facility will offer a significant increase in overall production capacity. According to the company, demand has been growing from existing customers, and it hopes to be able to supply new orders as well as exports. Further job opportunities in the area are expected to follow this growth.

Its headquarters will remain in Masham, the firm says. There, the focus will be on the production of micronized feed, specialty diets and horse feeds.

Scheduled completion date for the Dalton mill is summer 2023. Its output will be mainly bulk farm feeds.

“As the single biggest investment in our history, the new mill will take the business to the next level, offering great benefits to our customers, employees and the wider economy,” said the company’s chairman and managing director, Chris I’Anson.

In June 2020, the company announced it had purchased the new site in Dalton New Bridge, near Thirsk.

Management changes ahead

Now that the construction work is due to start at Dalton, this will become to main focus of Chris I’Anson in the position of executive chairman.

His sister, Sarah Richardson, will take over as managing director. As sales director, Will I’Anson will continue to focus on sales and the purchasing of feed ingredients for the I’Anson’s sites.

More on I’Anson

According to the firm’s website, Christopher I’Anson, the great-grandfather of the current directors, started the company. He achieved this by acquiring a small agricultural business and a banking agency in Masham in 1900. To this day, I’Anson continues as an independent, fourth- and fifth-generation, family-owned and family-managed company.

Over the next 121 years, I’Anson Brothers has continued in the market town. It has a workforce of around 90 at its manufacturing site on the edge of Masham, and a distribution center in nearby Melmerby.

Generating sales across the country and in more than 40 markets worldwide, the firm’s annual revenue now tops GBP45 million.

Main products are complete feeds for beef and dairy cattle, sheep and horses. Among its other products are specialty feed ingredients and feeds for laying hens, goats, deer and chinchillas.

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