North Dakota Mill and Elevator, the only state-owned flour mill in the U.S., recently celebrated its 100th anniversary as well as the recent commissioning of its new H and I milling units and the conversion of the D milling unit, resulting in a 22% increase in total milling capacity.
The North Dakota Industrial Commission joined employees of the North Dakota Mill, local officials, customers and suppliers to celebrate at the company's Grand Forks facility.
“Since the North Dakota Mill opened its doors at the Grand Forks facility in 1922, it has been fulfilling its mission to promote agriculture, commerce and industry,” the Industrial Commission members said in a joint statement.
Company grew into largest standalone mills in the U.S.
What began with an initial capacity of 588,000 pounds of flour per day has grown by more than tenfold to over 6 million pounds per day, making it the largest standalone flour mill in the nation and the eighth-largest milling company in the U.S., noted the commission.
The North Dakota Mill and Elevator Association was created in 1919 by House Bill 20 and began its operations in Grand Forks on October 30, 1922.
The cost of the state mill at that time was just over $3 million. The North Dakota Mill has become the largest single-site flour mill in the U.S. and has 10 milling units within the mill complex.
The state mill adds value to 40 million bushels of spring wheat and durum per year, providing a reliable market and enhancing profitability for the state’s farmers.
Since 2000, the mill has transferred over $100 million in profits to the state’s general fund or Ag Products Utilization Fund, supporting services to North Dakota citizens and projects that help keep the state's agricultural industry on the cutting edge of technology.
"We are deeply grateful for the North Dakota Mill team that works hard every day to provide a superior product and great customer service," said the commission.
Increased milling capacity will new mills
Along with the 100th anniversary celebration, the North Dakota Mill has completed the H and I mills and the D mill conversion, which increased the milling capacity by 1.1 million pounds of flour/day.
“This expansion was done to meet increasing demand from our customers for the quality product we produce here in North Dakota," said Vance Taylor, president and CEO of the North Dakota Mill.
“Partnering with the farmers in the surrounding area and across the state, we are committed to drive growth by leveraging our consistent superior quality, great customer service and our dedicated hard-working employees to fulfill our mission,” Taylor said.