American flour-milling and ingredient company Ardent Mills has announced four plant closures, changes necessary based on an analysis of current and anticipated demand and to enhance the efficiency of the business network.
Ardent Mills will operate and invest in the remaining 35 flour mills across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. The company’s leadership is making efforts to help impacted team members, including placement at other Ardent Mills locations, career support, and other transitional assistance.
“These decisions are difficult, especially because of the impact on our valued team members. However, this is a critical step to put greater focus and investment on the rest of our plants. Our growth plan calls for strategic investments in our unmatched network of community mills; these changes allow us to grow accordingly and better meet customer needs,” said Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills.
The four plants impacted are Macon (Georgia), Loudonville (Ohio) and Red Lion (Pennsylvania) which will close effective June 30, 2019; Rush City (Minnesota) will close the first quarter of calendar year 2020.
The company is working closely with impacted customers to transition to other Ardent Mills locations and ensure they receive the quality and service they have come to expect.
Dye added that Ardent Mills will keep on bringing innovation to the market with strategic moves like the introduction of The Annex by Ardent Mills, a new team that innovates in the ingredient sector, in a variety of formats from IQF and crisps, to seeds, flakes, and flours—all backed by the collaborative R&D support, custom-growing and identity-preserved programs, and food-safety expertise of the company.
“The future of grain-based solutions is filled with opportunities,” he said.