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Feed mill to begin production under new name after fire destroyed former facility

March 24, 2011

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. — Cargill Animal Nutrition announced Thursday it will begin production at a new, high-capacity feed mill on May 1 to replace a facility destroyed by fire on Feb. 12, 2010.

The new facility, known as the Feed Depot at Letterkenny, will feature state-of-the-art feed batching software to customize feed to match customer needs, according to a news release.

"While we lost our mill in the fire, we never lost our commitment to the dairy and livestock producers in this region. That is why every design aspect of our new, world-class facility is aimed to help us deliver the best quality feed possible to our customers," Rob Sheffer, regional general manager for Cargill Animal Nutrition, said in the release.

The federal Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives investigated the fire, which was estimated to have caused between $5 million and $8 million in damage. A cause of the fire has not been determined.

The new mill will have expanded mixing capacity and flexibility, which will allow for improved efficiencies, larger batches and faster delivery. Other upgraded features include a fully automated grinding and receiving system and grain-banking bins available to store customers' grains as needed, the release said.

It will also feature one of the most advanced short-mixing systems in the industry, with a computerized bar-coding approach that tracks micro-ingredient levels in feed formulations.

With 20 percent increased production capacity, the mill will produce 120,000 tons of feed per year. It will primarily serve dairy farmers and livestock producers in Franklin, Cumberland and Adams counties in Pennsylvania, and Washington, Frederick and Carroll counties in Maryland.

Since the fire, Cargill has been serving customers from its other production facilities in Lebanon and Martinsburg, Pa.

"The Letterkenny team is excited to get back to serving our customers," Plant Manager George Wagner said. "We are very grateful that, with the support of our customers, we have been able to rebuild our mill. With all the improvements that we've made, we will be able to serve them better than ever with safe, high quality feed."

Construction on the new mill has been under way since September 2010.

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