ST. LOUIS — Italgrani USA, St. Louis, on Feb. 21 announced a significant expansion of its milling operations at its milling complex in St. Louis. The expansion will encompass three components: an expansion of finished goods storage, a new 8,000-cwt daily capacity durum mill and an expansion of the company’s bagging capabilities.
The new finished goods tower will include 19 storage tanks and will be operational by the third quarter of 2017. It will enhance Italgrani’s existing storage capacity and provide greater flexibility in serving customers.
The new 8,000-cwt durum mill, which was expected to be operational by the end of the second quarter of 2018, will be located adjacent to the existing durum milling unit in St. Louis. The existing mill will continue to operate both during the new mill’s construction and afterward.
The new mill will enable Italgrani to serve its growing customer base as well as provide substantially more capacity to produce durum fancy patent and durum extra fancy patent flour. In addition, the new mill will provide more flexibility and additional capacity to produce the company’s organic semolina and flour products, Italgrani said.
The bagging capacity expansion, which was expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2018, will be located on the Italgrani campus. This new building will allow for greater capacity to serve customer volume requirements and will provide greater flexibility to produce a variety of products more efficiently.
The three projects represent a significant investment and, coupled with the substantial existing infrastructure at the St. Louis location, will allow Italgrani to continue to be responsive to its customers’ growing needs well into the future, the company said.
Italgrani USA currently operates a 20,000-cwt daily capacity durum mill in St. Louis. This facility was built in 1987 and has been expanded several times during the past 25 years. The durum mill is supported by a 4-million-bu grain elevator located adjacent to the mill. The complex has the capability to receive shuttle trains of grain.Italgrani also operates three grain elevators in North Dakota and maintains a grain trading office in Minneapolis.