CHILLIWACK, B.C. — Rogers Foods Ltd. on Oct. 31 hosted a grand opening event to celebrate the addition of a second milling line and an expansion of wheat and flour storage at its flour mill in Chilliwack.
The second milling unit has a daily capacity of 4,000 cwts of flour, which brings total daily capacity at the mill to 9,000 cwts, up about 80% from its previous daily capacity.
Also as part of the $35 million expansion, Rogers Foods has added 110,000 bus of wheat storage and 22,000 cwts of bulk flour storage. The mill was built in 2005 by Nisshin Flour Milling, Rogers Foods’ parent company. Rogers had expanded the Chilliwack mill by 22% in 2010, but Nisshin said a shortfall of capacity was anticipated “due to strong sales,” prompting the decision to build a second milling unit.
“This additional capacity will allow Rogers to continue serving its customers in the lower mainland of British Columbia as well as customers in the United States West coast and Pacific Rim,” Rogers Foods said.
The grand opening event was attended by Takao Yamada, president of Nisshin Flour Milling, as well as Joe Girdner, who was named president of Rogers Foods in May.Rogers Foods has flour mills in Armstrong and Chilliwack, B.C., Canada, which have a combined daily wheat flour production capacity of 13,600 cwts and wheat storage capacity of 420,000 bus.