American agribusiness Cargill recently broke ground on a $50 million expansion project at its premix and nutrition facility in Lewisburg, OH to increase the firm’s capacity for non-medicated and antibiotic-free animal nutrition and premix products, a press release announced last week.
Slated for completion in spring 2019, the 220,000-sq-ft plant’s four production lines will produce some 86,000 tn/yr of animal nutrition products for end users in the U.S. 12 new jobs will be created as a result of the expansion.
“This state-of-the-art facility will help us meet evolving consumer need and preferences for antibiotic-free meat, milk, and egg products,” Dean Barker, business operations director for Cargill’s U.S. premix and nutrition business, said in a statement. “Given these consumer preferences, it is important for us to invest in new and enhanced manufacturing capabilities.”
Cargill’s project supports its Provimi brand of animal nutrition premixes and products, additives, and specialty and custom blends. The existing facility will continue to produce medicated products to support livestock and poultry health.
“It is important for us to have separate facilities to ensure product quality for our customers,” said Barker. “We understand our customers have different preferences and product requirements, and this new facility will help us deliver those choices.”
The company said it will improve worker safety and lower its risk of product quality lapses by installing new manufacturing technology.