CARGILL broke ground on its new animal feed company on Friday, Dec. 9 with the help of local and state dignitaries and stakeholders. The party started at Sonoco Protective Solutions on N. Chipman St., where guests were presented with a 3D virtual tour of the planned 75,000 square-foot animal feed production plant, before moving to the building site, which is located at 1509 W. Oliver St.
Shown donning construction hats for the ceremonial groundbreaking are (from left) Cargill Sales Manager Jody Whitmore, Cargill’s Regional Sales Leader Julie Abrahamzon, Cargill’s Eastern Michigan Sales Manager Brent Robinson, Cargill’s Western/Central Sales Manager Joe Tarkowski, Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) Vice President Brent Jones, Owosso Mayor Chris Eveleth, former Owosso Mayor Ben Frederick, 85th District Michigan House Rep. Ben Glardon, District 97 Michigan House Rep. Joel Johnson, and SEDP President/CEO Justin Horvath, along with Consumers Energy representatives Scott Corrin and Kathryn Burkholder. (Independent Photo/Graham Sturgeon)
by Graham Sturgeon, co-editor
Ground was broken on Friday, Dec. 9 at the sight of Cargill’s 75,000 square-foot animal feed production plant at 1509 W. Oliver St. in Owosso. The company, which operates 275 animal nutrition facilities in 40 countries across the world, recently purchased the 20-acre site from the city of Owosso and will build a $19 million plant – the company’s first in Michigan – with plans to be operational by December of 2017. The plant will produce custom animal feed products for the dairy industry, and will employ eight people to start.
Cargill offers a wide range of products and services to feed manufacturers, animal producers, and feed retailers around the world, and its animal nutrition business offers a range of compound feed, premixes, feed additives, supply chain and risk management solutions, software tools, and animal nutrition expertise.
“The city of Owosso and the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) have been wonderful partners on this important investment project for us,” said Tom Taylor, a commercial director for Cargill’s animal feed business in the U.S. “Additionally, this centrally-located facility will enable us to better serve the growing dairy population within Michigan, which is one of the top 10 dairy producing markets in the U.S.”
Several business, government, and economic development partners were integral in helping move the project forward, including the city of Owosso, Sonoco Protective Solutions, the Michigan Economic Development Corporation, Great Lakes Central Railroad, Consumers Energy, CB Richard Ellis, Covenant Eyes, the SEDP, MDOT, Rowe Engineering, VAA, Fesler and Bowman, and Pumford Construction.
“On behalf of the local partners involved in this project, we are tremendously honored that Cargill has chosen Owosso for one of its world-class facilities. This dynamic company provides many valuable goods and services to customers all over the world, and it is so exciting to know that they will now be producing some of these products right here in Shiawassee County. We also think this is a great fit for our community, given our agricultural and manufacturing heritage, central location in the state, and access to important transportation assets like the Great Lakes Central Railroad and Interstate 69. We wish Cargill the very best in this endeavor and look forward to helping them succeed in our community for many years to come,” said Justin Horvath, the President/CEO of the SEDP.