A new, $9,000,000.00 feed mill will be built in Halfa, Iowa later this summer.
According to a release from The Iowa Lakes Corridor Development Corporation - the regional economic development agency for Buena Vista, Clay, Dickinson and Emmet counties, the project was approved by StateLine Cooperatives' Board of Directors. Cherilyn Kirchau, StateLine Cooperative's Feed Department Manager, said "We chose the Halfa location in Emmet County to meet the needs of our feed customers now and well into the future. We are very excited about the new feed mill which will also give area corn producers another market for their grain."
"The Corridor was very pleased with the announcement of the new feed mill to be within the Corridor region in Emmet County. The region will greatly benefit thanks to this decision from StateLine," said Kathy Evert, Iowa Lakes Corridor's President and CEO.
Upon completion, the mill will have the capacity to manufacture up to 400,000 tons of meal feed with the option of pelleting 200,000 tons of feed annually. The facility will be able to receive 20,000 bushels of corn per hour. The structure will house the manufacturing equipment as well as three scales for incoming grain, feed ingredients and feed load out. The manufacturing equipment will include; corn processing equipment, a micro nutrient scale system, a major ingredient scale system, a mixing system, as well as a pelleting system.
Officials believe the state of the art feed mill will be able to serve the local livestock industry for years to come with an initial annual demand of 2.7 million bushels of corn and will use 8 million bushels of corn annually when running at full capacity. Expected completion of the project is in the late summer 2013.