Masterfeeds to close mill in Baden

26-06-2008 | |

Canadian Masterfeeds is to close down its feed facility in Baden. Twenty-four employees lose their job or move to a nearby operation.

Major reason for closing down the facility in Baden is the high cost for
upgrading to current company standards. Also the recent acquisition of Land O’
Lakes Canada, which gives Masterfeeds the opportunity to consolidate

In May Masterfeeds reached an agreement to purchase Land O’
Lakes Canada’s Ontario feed business. Planned consolidations will lead to the
closure of Land O’ Lakes facilities in Peterborough, Mitchell and Wellburn. Land
O’ Lakes had already closed the facility in Mitchell. Masterfeeds is acquiring
the lease.

The age of the Baden mill is playing a big role in the
company’s decision to close the facility. Vice president of operations Als
Cleary said the cost of expanding and upgrading the facility to meet the needs
of the modern feed supply business is too cost prohibitive to even

Masterfeeds’ Baden operation provides a full line of livestock
feeds, but specializes in the equine business. The Baden facility has been in
operation since 1952 when Masterfeeds, then a division of Maple Leaf Mills,
purchased the former flax mill and modernized the operation to accommodate the
new feed business. The original mill was built in 1872 when the Livingston
brothers constructed the larger facility to process flax grown on their farm.

Masterfeeds Inc. is wholly owned by Ag Processing Inc., a farmer-owned
cooperative based in Omaha, Nebraska.

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