Cargill has broken ground on an animal feed production facility in Owosso, Michigan. On Friday over 50 elected officials, business leaders and local dignitaries gathered at SONOCO on N. Chipman St. to welcome Cargill to the community.
Cargill recently acquired approximately 20 acres from Owosso at 1509 W. Oliver St. to construct along the rail road line a 75,000 square foot plant in which animal feed will be made.
The new plant will be Cargill's first animal feed manufacturing facility in Michigan. The company has 43 manufacturing facilities in the U.S. and 250 total feed mills.
Tom Taylor, an official of Cargill, said at the ground breaking ceremony, "The City of Owosso and the Shiawassee Economic Development Partnership (SEDP) have been wonderful partners on this important investment project for us. Additionally, this centrally-located facility will enable us to better serve the growing dairy population within Michigan, which is one of the top ten dairy producing markets in the U.S."
Justin Horvath, President and CEO of the SEDP worked hard along with many others to bring this project to fruition. Mr. Horvath states, "We think that 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 Rail Road and Interstate 69." Mr. Horvath continues, "We wish Cargill the very best in this endeavor, and look forward to helping them succeed in our community for many years to come."
The company expects the feed mill to be operational by December 2017 and has plans to start out with 8 employees.