Cargill Animal Nutrition will on May 1, 2011 start producing at their new facility, known as the Feed Depot at Letterkenny (Pennsylvania, US) which replaces the feed mill that was destroyed in a fire on Feb. 12, 2010.
The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the fire, which was estimated to have caused between $5 million and $8 million in damage. A cause of the fire has not been determined.
The new mill features state-of-the-art feed batching software to give maximum precision in customizing feed to match customer needs.
The mill will have expanded mixing capacity and flexibility, which will allow for improved efficiencies, larger batches and faster delivery.
Other upgraded features include a fully automated grinding and receiving system and grain-banking bins available to store customers' grains as needed.
It will also feature one of the most advanced short-mixing systems in the industry, with a computerized bar-coding approach that tracks micro-ingredient levels in feed formulations.
With 20% increased production capacity, the mill will produce 120,000 tons of feed per year. It will primarily serve dairy farmers and livestock producers in Pennsylvania and Maryland. Since the fire, Cargill has been serving customers from its other production facilities in Lebanon and Martinsburg, Pennsylvania.
Construction on the new mill has been underway since September 2010. An open house of the facility is scheduled for early June.