USA – Food processing giant, Archer Daniels Midland (ADM) has opened a new state-of-the-art flour mill in Mendota, Illinois, offering unparalleled efficiency and flexibility for customers across the Midwest.

The mill, which is the largest flour mill ever built from the ground up in North America, has the capacity to mill 30,000 cwts (about 1360 tonnes) of spring, winter and soft wheat varieties in addition to two types of whole wheat per day.

The modern mill features high tech innovations including; a brand new lab with the most up-to-date quality-control equipment, a high speed packer and 30,000-square-foot warehouse and a loop track with 110-car shuttle rail unloading capacity.

In addition, the mill has also incorporated three milling units with centralized monitoring to ensure performance, consistency and security of supply, three bulk truck load-outs and rail load-out capability.

Kevin Like, president of ADM Milling said that the investment will support growth of the bakery industry in the Midwest.

“Our growth investment to design and build a cutting-edge production facility from the ground up highlights our commitment to growth for our customers, our shareholders and the state of Illinois,” Like said.

“This high-tech mill offers unparalleled advantages, including the most up-to-date monitoring and quality-control equipment; swift and efficient packing and transportation options; and the ability to mill a wide array of wheat varieties to ensure we are meeting the needs of all of our customers across the Midwest.”

Like noted that ADM will benefit from the mill’s advanced technology, particularly compared to the aging mills the company closed.

The mill also features an onsite transportation company, including a truck wash and an advanced truck facility utilizing RFID technology to ensure efficiency and accuracy.

The mill also has the capacity to ship both bulk flour and millfeed by rail, in addition to truck

 “ADM has a long history of leading-edge innovation,” said Chris Cuddy, ADM senior vice president and president, Carbohydrate Solutions.

“We are committed to setting the standard for technological innovation in our industry, from our unparalleled food and beverage ingredient portfolio, to our array of probiotics and other health-supporting ingredient offerings, to our growth investments in efficient, sustainable production facilities like the one in Mendota.”

The mill will supply customers in Chicago and surrounding markets in northern and central Illinois, southern Wisconsin, northern Indiana and eastern Iowa.