Cutting-edge: ADM opens new animal nutrition facility

City, county and state officials joined ADM representatives for the ribbon-cutting ceremony April 3 to celebrate the opening of the Archer Daniel Midland Company’s animal nutrition manufacturing facility in Quincy, Illinois.

QUINCY, Ill. — Livestock feed production has been a part of this Mississippi River city for 111 years and a new facility opened last week that positions the business to serve an expanding market.

Archer Daniels Midland celebrate the opening April 3 of its new high-tech livestock feed facility, marking the company’s fourth cutting-edge animal nutrition manufacturing facility opening in North America in recent months.

“We’re living in exciting times for the animal nutrition industry if you think that today the world has two billion middle class people that is expected to double by 2050 you can see the projection of protein consumption. That highlights the opportunity that we all see in animal nutrition worldwide,” said Juan Luciano, ADM chairman and CEO.

“ADM continues to build on animal nutrition that is basically going to become the go-to partner for customers in the livestock, in aquaculture and companion animal customers around the globe.

“When we think about this facility, what technology brings and what this new facility will do, it’s a symbol of the new ADM Animal Nutrition business, a business that is growing, a business that is global and a business that’s trying to be the very best it can be.”

The new facility is located next to the original feed manufacturing plant ADM purchased in 1998 from Moorman Manufacturing Company. The Moorman company opened a facility in Quincy in 1908 where it first produced a hog mineral mixture feed product and eventually expanded to manufacturing more than 150 feed products for livestock and poultry.

ADM has been a part of the Quincy community for over five decades, and the new facility is one of six ADM locations in the locale, where ADM employs approximately 500 people.

The plant will enable ADM to meet customers’ growing needs in the U.S It features state-of-the-art technology, including:

  • Expanded warehouse space to serve customers more quickly and efficiently.
  • Enhanced manufacturing capabilities to serve increased demand for ADM products.
  • Dedicated feed line for non-medicated product.
  • Automated packaging and process controls.
  • Unique pressed tubs for multiple species.

Customers in the Illinois, Missouri, Iowa, Arkansas and Kentucky livestock feed markets will be served by this facility.

Customer Needs

“A few years ago it became clear to us that in order to grow this business and continue to meet our customers’ needs we needed to make an investment in this facility,” said Brad Dalke, ADM North America vice president of animal nutrition.

“The feed industry is always changing. Standards continue to increase in the feed industry. People want to make sure their animals are getting the highest quality feed and they want to do so in the most economical manner. That’s what this investment is about.

“It’s about providing the best and newest technology to deliver value to our customers. The investment in our processing capabilities means increased customer service.

“We have the ability through technology to customize products for our customers.”

Expanded Capabilities

Over the past five years, ADM has significantly expanded its animal nutrition capabilities with a series of expansions and investments, including:

  • Acquiring Neovia — a leader in value-added products and solutions for both production and companion animals worldwide.
  • Building and renovating three specialty animal nutrition plants in China and four in the United States.
  • Acquiring pet treat manufacturer Crosswind Industries.
  • Expanding pet food ingredient manufacturing capabilities in North America.
  • Entering into a partnership with China-based Qingdao Vland Biotech Group and building a cutting-edge research lab in California to develop and commercialize animal feed enzymes.
  • Purchasing Protexin-a leading provider of probiotic supplements for a variety of animal markets, including aquaculture, equine, livestock and companion animals, as well as human wellness products.

Tom C. Doran can be reached at 815-780-7894 or tdoran@agrinews-pubs.com. Follow him on Twitter at: @AgNews_Doran.

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