USA – Mountaire Farms, the sixth largest poultry company in the United States has opened a new US$60 million feed mill in Scotland County, North Carolina.

The new facility has a capacity to process 650 bushels of corn in two weeks and produces 18,000 tons of feed a week through its two lines with plans to expand in the future.

The facility is designed to accommodate expansion to a capacity of up to 27,000 tons per week, among the largest feed mills in the United States.

With the plant strategically located closer to its Lumber Bridge poultry processing plant, Mountaire said that the new feed mill will allow the company to deliver feed faster to growers.

The feed mill sits on 700 acres of land making it the largest single location manufacturer in Scotland County. The site also has concrete silos to hold up to 1.18-million bushels of grain.

The site also features a grain dryer, enabling the company to take even more local grain. More than US$8.5 million has already been pumped back into the local economy from grain purchases.

The company is also able to ship grain to the facility by train, with an 8,014-foot loop track handling over 110 rail car and three locomotives on the CSX main line.

Laurinburg-Scotland County Area Chamber of Commerce Director Chris English welcomed the investment whilst noting that Mountaire will become a huge partner in the regions development.

“We welcome Mountaire into our community not as a company, but as a member of our family, and will work with them to continue growing their business,” said Mark Ward, director of economic development for Scotland County.

“Scotland County is grateful for the confidence Mountaire Farms has placed in our community with the investment of 60 jobs and $60 million dollars. From the first visit to the first load of grain unloaded we have been working together as a team.”

Scotland County was very helpful to us right from the beginning,” Phillip Plylar, Mountaire President said during the ribbon cutting event.

“We appreciate all the behind the scenes effort that had to happen to get to this point. This is a great day for our company as we continue to invest in our future.”