ADM shutters Iowa mill

KEOKUK, IOWA — ADM Milling has ceased operations at its facility in Keokuk and will likely be speaking to clients individually about manufacturing choices because of the closing.

“We do produce other services that make a number of the identical merchandise as Keokuk,” mentioned Dane Lisser, ADM spokesperson.

The mill has a capability of 6,000 cwts and 280,000 bus of storage, in line with Sosland Publishing’s 2022 Grain & Milling Annual. It produced wheat starch, wheat gluten and wheat-based protein isolate.

ADM acquired the mill when it bought Ogilvie Mills, the biggest Canadian miller on the time, in 1994. Ogilvie had bought the mill from Henkel Corp. in 1985.

Mr. Lisser mentioned ADM repeatedly evaluations its international footprint to find out if belongings are finest positioned to satisfy buyer wants and advance the corporate’s development technique.

“Sadly, after exploring all kinds of alternate options, we’ve decided that our Keokuk plant now not aligns with our milling enterprise’ future operational wants, and we’ve knowledgeable colleagues of our intention to completely finish manufacturing there, efficient instantly,” Mr. Lisser mentioned. “We’ve appreciated the working relationship with town as we’ve addressed their issues.”

Since January, ADM has been working with town of Keokuk on points associated to the plant’s wastewater pretreatment. The mill skilled some extenuating circumstances that resulted in loadings to town’s wastewater pretreatment facility. That resulted within the metropolis’s facility being in noncompliance of its discharge allow, metropolis officers mentioned.

ADM shut down the ability earlier within the 12 months for 15 days to usher in outdoors sources to have a look at the problem. When the mill restarted, it was operating at 50% capability, ADM officers mentioned throughout an April assembly with town.

The mill has 70 full-time workers.  

Mr. Lisser mentioned ADM will take a while to soundly shut the ability after which possible will search a purchaser. Source

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