MINNEAPOLIS — Bühler Inc. has acquired Starbuck, Minn.-based Mill Technology Co., a manufacturer of innovative, heavy duty hammer mills and related products that are sold primarily into the feed, pet food, grain and oilseed processing sectors. Financial terms of the transaction were not disclosed.
“This acquisition demonstrates Bühler’s strong commitment to the North American feed, grain and oilseed processing market, through investment in innovative technology that offers unique value,” said René Steiner, president of Bühler North America.
“Our customers will profit from Bühler’s strong global service network, its R.&D. capabilities as well as our leading hammer mill technology,” said Gary Minor of Mill Technology.
Mill Technology Co. was established in 1993 by Mr. Minor. The company is active in both domestic and international feed, grain, petfood, aquafeed, biomass, oilseeds and other processing sectors. Its Multimpact technology offers an expanded range of applications compared to conventional hammer mills, particularly in the area of high capacity fine grinding — a capability that complements Bühler’s portfolio.
“We now can offer a wider range of solutions to our customers,” Mr. Steiner said.
This new line of hammer mills will be rebranded under the Bühler name and manufactured in the United States at Bühler’s existing North American locations. Bühler’s strong focus on customer service will ensure ongoing support for Mill Technology’s existing customers, with plans to utilize Mill Technology’s existing supply chain, as well as Bühler’s extensive network, to provide improved access to parts and expanded service options. Sales will be conducted directly by Bühler’s existing sales network.
Bühler also will invest in the establishment of a Grinding Application Center at its Plymouth, Minn., location to enable application testing, closer customer interaction and future development.