The Maryland-based company is a division of Perdue Farms and announced earlier in November that it is planning to open a facility to receive and store organic feed ingredients at the Tradepoint Atlantic complex in Baltimore County, Maryland. It has invested $30m in the project.
The plant is aiming to meet the rising demand for organic feed ingredients for Perdue Foods and other companies in the region.
“We work directly with local farmers and traders in the US, Europe, South America and Asia to source organic grain and soybeans,” said Dick Willey, president, Perdue AgriBusiness. “This new complex will be a key part of an integrated supply chain that enables us to increase business and reduce the cost while maintaining the quality of our organic products.”
The new facility also is well located to supply customers of organic feed grains or ingredients in the Mid-Atlantic region, he added.
In addition to Perdue’s investment, the company received a $350,000 grant from the Maryland Department of Commerce through Advantage Maryland, the company reported. It also is working with Baltimore Country and the County Council on securing a conditional loan.
“Perdue’s decision to locate their new grain processing facility in the Baltimore region speaks to the continued commitment of this company to Maryland,” said Mike Gill, Maryland commerce secretary. “Locating at Tradepoint Atlantic gives Perdue Agribusiness a strategic advantage to be close to a number of major interstates, rail lines, and our world-class Port of Baltimore, making deliveries to customers in the region fast and efficient.”
Tradepoint Atlantic is a 3,250-acre industrial park and logistic center that has already seen investment from companies including FedEx and Amazon. It also has access to several transportation options including deep-water berths, railroads and highways.
In addition to storage facilities, the site will process/mill both organic grains and oilseeds.