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January 29, 2020 | Feed & Grain Staff

AFIA Names 2019 Feed Facility of the Year

Koch Farms, Morton, MS, takes home 2019 honors

During IPPE 2020 in Atlanta, the American Feed Industry Association (AFIA) announced that Koch Farms, Morton, MS, has won its 2019 Feed Facility of the Year.

At Koch Farms, cleanliness and safety go hand in hand and are the center of the team’s daily mission.

“A clean work area is a safe work area” is the messaging prominently displayed at the mill located, and to Mill Manager Frank Garczynski, those aren’t merely words.

Producing nearly 800,000 tons of feed/year and providing feed for the company's birds is a big task, making organization and cleanliness in the facility even more essential.

The mill has a built-in vacuum system for cleaning, which has been upgraded in the past year to allow for even more effective cleanups. The new vacuum system is available to all levels of the facility and allows the team to carry the hose from area to area and simply plug it in. Garczynski noted that with the 30-hp motor, it is very effective at removing dust.

“Cleanliness is important not only from a safety and quality standpoint, but it also helps with employee morale and retention,” says Garczynski. “The facility is often visited by the Koch management team and potential and existing customers.”

Koch Farms was also named the Integrator Facility of the Year for 2019.

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