Bay State Milling Celebrates 125 Years

In its 5th generation, the milling company is the largest privately held, family-owned miller in the US.

Kristen Kazarian, Managing Editor

June 20, 2024

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Bay State Milling is in its 125th year
Today the Winona mill employs 115 people to produce wheat flour, rye flour, and HealthSense High-Fiber Wheat Flour.Bay State Milling Co.

Bay State Milling Co. is celebrating 125 years of business and the fifth generation as the largest family-owned, privately held miller in the US.

Founded in 1899, Bay State Milling's flagship mill in Winona, MN remains the company's largest facility and will be the location of its 125th anniversary celebration kickoff. Additional events will take place at Bay State Milling facilities across the country throughout the remainder of the year to recognize this milestone and honor the employees who have built and contributed to this legacy.

"In 1899, our founder traveled by train all the way from Boston to Winona to buy a bankrupt flour mill on the banks of the Mississippi River," said Pete Levangie, president & CEO of Bay State Milling. "Since then, Bay State Milling has been on a relentless pursuit to promote the growth of nutritious, sustainable and accessible ingredients within our food system. We've continued to innovate and create industry-leading food ingredients in response to consumer demand for variety, health, taste and affordability in their food choices. We are grateful to our dedicated team and loyal partners for helping us achieve this incredible milestone and look forward to many more years of milling excellence."

Bay State Milling is headquartered in Quincy, MA though Winona, MN is the birthplace of the company. Impressed by Minnesota's reputation for high-quality wheat flour, the founding partners purchased Winona's Porter Mill more than a century ago – but wheat flour was just the beginning. Today the Winona mill employs 115 people to produce food ingredients including wheat flour, rye flour, SowNaked Mindfully Farmed Oats, and HealthSense High-Fiber Wheat Flour, the first and only high-fiber white flour in North America made from a unique varietal of non-GMO high-amylose wheat.

The company operates 12 US facilities and is now processing in Canada.

About the Author(s)

Kristen Kazarian

Managing Editor

Kristen Kazarian has been a writer and editor for more than three decades. She has worked at several consumer magazines and B2B publications in the fields of food and beverage, packaging, processing, women's interest, local news, health and nutrition, fashion and beauty, automotive, and computers.

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