First phase includes feed mill, processing facility
Cherkizovo Group is working with U.S.-based company M+A Global to build a $685 million agro-industrial project in the Lipetsk region of Russia, designed to be a “live-work-play” facility that employees can live and work on, all within the project boundaries.
When completed, the company estimates that there will be as many as 5,000 employees working on the 650-hectare site. The project will be completed in three phases, the first of which will include a feed mill and a processing facility. Construction has already begun on the feed mill complex, which will have a capacity of 90 metric tons per hour including storage facilities for 300,000 metric tons of grain and an oil processing facility. It is expected to take three-and-a-half to four years to complete all phases of the project. The processing plants are expected to be operational by 2013 and the entire campus fully functional by 2015.
As part of the master plan there are also employee housing facilities, daycare facilities, on-site medical facilities, a hotel and conference center, a technical school for training, a community center, a sports stadium and fields for recreational activities, administrative buildings, truck maintenance facilities and research and development facilities. Other amenities include retail, restaurants and park space. There are also plans for large-scale greenhouse facilities for growing assorted vegetables. The vegetables can be used for feeding the employees and can also be sold on the open market.