News last update:6 Aug 2012

Cargill plant 2008 US Feed Mill of the Year

The Cargill animal nutrition plant in Martinsburg, Pennsylvania, US is awarded the 2008 Feed Mill of the Year by the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) and Feedstuffs.

The Cargill plant, managed by Charles Lickteig, is located in the heart of Pennsylvania's dairy country, and it manufactures dairy feed exclusively, with the majority of it in bulk form. The runner-up feed mill is Ridley Inc.'s plant in Beloit, Kansas, US, managed by Clint Scheck and Jerry Dunno.

This plant is a large manufacturer of feed for show animals, and it produces primarily bagged product. The annual Feed Mill of the Year award recognizes overall excellence in feed manufacturing operations.

Increased safety, quality, regulatory compliance, operating efficiencies and overall industry awareness of food safety are among the criteria reviewed for each applicant. Selection of the top plant starts with an online application process and concludes with personal visits to the top sites by an inspection team from AFIA and Feedstuffs.

More than 60 feed companies from across the United States competed for this year's award. "The quality of this year's candidates was quite impressive as was their dedication to quality control and safety standards," said Keith Epperson, vice-president of manufacturing and training for AFIA.

He noted the Cargill plant in Martinsburg stood out because of its outstanding housekeeping, dedication to the local community and safety and its sustained business growth.

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