A Salina milling facility which has operated for over a century is closing. As part of a realignment of its flour milling footprint, Archer Daniels Midland is planning to close several flour mills, including its operation in Salina.
The company announced on Thursday that as a new, high-capacity mill in Mendota, Illinois, nears opening in the coming months they will end production at several other locations. Those locations include the Nokomis ADM flour mill in Minneapolis, Minnesota, and the ADM flour mill in Salina. In addition, the company continues to plan to end production at its wheat mill in Chicago when the Mendota mill opens later this year.
Chris Cuddy, president of ADM’s Carbohydrate Solutions business said in a release “the three facilities we are closing in Minnesota, Kansas and Illinois are all more than a century old, and despite the great work of our teams in each location, the age of those mills significantly constrains our operations. The growth investment we’ve made in our new Mendota facility will offer the efficiency, variety and flexibility that our customers deserve, and this realignment will ensure both we and our customers harvest the full benefits of that investment.”
According to bakingbusiness.com, the Salina facility was the original flour mill of H.D. Lee Flour Mills Co., and began operations in 1899 (10 years after the company introduced the Lee brand denim jeans in Salina that became its principal business). The Salina mill was acquired by John J. Vanier in 1936 and by ADM in 1970.
ADM Milling is one of the world’s largest flour millers, with multiple wheat flour mills in the U.S. as well as in Canada, the Caribbean, Central America and the United Kingdom.