MINOT MILLING PLANT ANNOUNCES EXPANSION
11/10/03 - Gov. John Hoeven today joined officials from Minot and Philadelphia Macaroni Company to formally announce Minot Milling Company's plans to expand its milling plant.
Minot Milling is adding two new mills to its current durum mill - a $7.9 million investment. The new mills will process 13,500 bushels of hard red spring wheat a day into 600,000 pounds of bakery flour. The company currently grinds 24,000 bushels of durum wheat into semolina daily.
Minot Milling employs 23 people. The new mills, expected to be operational by July, will add eight new jobs at the plant.
Luke Marano, Sr., CEO of Philadelphia Macaroni Co., said, "After five years of success with the durum mill here in Minot, we've decided to expand the mill to include spring wheat, which is being used more and more in the pasta industry. We're very happy with the community, the people here and our employees. We have been very successful here."
With Minot Milling purchasing the greatest percentage of wheat from local elevators or directly from farmers, this value-added ag project is very important for the area�s economic growth.
Minot Milling began operation in Minot in November 1998. It sells semolina to pasta plants nationwide, including a sister plant, Conte Luna Foods, in Grand Forks. The flour produced by the two new mills will be sold to bakeries nationwide. The mills will take eight months to construct.
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