One of North America’s leading millers of durum wheat, Italgrani USA, is investing $37 million to expand the capacity of its U.S. Durum Milling facility in St. Louis, MO, a company official said in a St. Louis Post-Dispatch article published Thursday.
Initially announced in a February company press release, Italgrani USA said the project will add new storage bins and a 8000 cwt daily capacity durum mill to the site, as well as improve the site’s bagging capacity.
The new durum mill, sited next to an existing durum mill, is expected to be operational by the second quarter of 2018, while a new finished foods tower with 19 new storage tanks will come on line by the third quarter of this year, the company’s release said. The bagging capacity expansion, set to be located at Italgrani USA’s existing campus, is slated for completion in the first quarter of 2018.
Primarily serving pasta manufacturing firms, Jim Meyer, president of Italgrani USA, said in the Post-Dispatch article that the investment stems from an increase in demand for its products.
“Our customer base is growing. We’re close to full capacity anyway,” Mayer told the newspaper. “Generally speaking, per capita consumption of pasta in the U.S. is increasing.”
The company has operated a 20,000 cwt daily capacity durum mill in St. Louis since 1987 as U.S. Durum Milling Inc.