An eastern Ontario grain handling and ag supply firm has announced plans to spend CAN$10 million (US$9.87m, €7.31m) building what it says will be the region's biggest feed mill operation.
MacEwen Grain last week said it will build its new mill next to its grain elevator and rail siding at Maxville, about 70 km east of Ottawa.
The all-new plant will reduce costs, improve quality, and capture significant synergies by integrating it with the company’s existing grain elevator complex. “This is a very proud day for us,” said owner Jim MacEwen. “No commercial feed mill of this magnitude has ever been constructed in Eastern Ontario.
Furthermore, in order to meet, and exceed, today's increasingly stringent food safety and environmental regulations, the mill will be among the most modern and technologically advanced in Canada. The state-of-the-art, HACCP-certified facility will rely on computerized precision handling of ingredients throughout the entire process.
Not only will this result in even greater food safety, it will provide livestock producers of the region with feed rations that match their farms’ needs more precisely than was ever possible before.
MacEwen Grain and its sister company MacEwen Agricentre form one of the largest and most dynamic farm supply operations in Eastern Ontario and West Québec.
Together, they operate out of three locations, which include a feed mill in St. Isidore, customized fertilizer blending facilities in both Maxville and Vars, and a high-capacity grain elevator in Maxville.
In total, MacEwen Grain and MacEwen Agricentre provide full-time employment for 40 workers and seasonal, part-time jobs for 20 more.
The company will receive CAN$ 1.5 million in provincial funding through the Eastern Ontario Development Fund.