ADM expands feed production with new $40m facility

By Aerin Einstein-Curtis contact

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© GettyImages/Ridofranz
© GettyImages/Ridofranz
Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) is expanding its animal nutrition focus and capabilities with the addition of a new feed production plant in Illinois.

The Illinois-based company announced the opening of the new feed production facility in Quincy, Illinois last week [April 3]. The site is one of six company locations in the Quincy area.

The group invested $40m in the new feed facility, said Brad Dalke, vice president North American animal nutrition, ADM.

The technology and manufacturing capabilities within the new factory means it can adapt to suit customer needs. “We’ve also added automated process and packaging controls to improve efficiency, quality and employee safety," ​he told us.

Facility details

Construction on the new manufacturing facility started in September 2017, said Dalke. The location was selected based on strategic advantages already present in the area.

It also is next to the site of an older ADM feed production plant, according to company information.

Warehouse space, access to transportation and a location convenient to an existing customer base also helped recommend the spot for the new facility, Dalke said.

“The new site sits on approximately 10 acres,” ​he said. “We’ve added about 24,000 square feet and 20% capacity.”

The site also will have a dedicated non-medicated feed production line, he added.

Additionally, the new feed facility includes technology allowing it to generate pressed tubs for several species and improved manufacturing capabilities, the company said.

Expansion 

Work on the new production facility was done in conjunction with animal nutrition projects in China, said Dalke. And the project’s completion follows the opening of livestock feed manufacturing sites in Effingham​, Illinois; Columbus​, Nebraska and Glencoe​, Minnesota. 

And ADM has underlined its ambitions for the global animal nutrition space over the past few years with several acquisitions, expansions and investments.

“With the recent acquisition of Neovia, we’ve substantially expanded our geographic reach and portfolio,”​ he said. “By purchasing Crosswind Industries, we’ve become a leader in the pet treat segment of companion-animal nutrition [and] our partnership with China-based Qingdao Vland Biotech Group and our cutting-edge research lab in Davis, California, will help us develop and commercialize animal feed enzymes.”

“Purchasing Protexin, a leading [UK} provider of probiotic supplements, has opened up new opportunities in health and wellness for the aquaculture, equine, livestock and companion-animal markets,” ​he added.

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