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"We will customize to
every individual producer
for their needs."
- Barry Day,
president and CEO, Superior Ag
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of Dale, Indiana, U.S., next to Interstate 64, which runs
East and West across the southern part of the state.
"It had been a truck stop," Day said. "We found this
to be a good spot for us even before we made the decision to build here. If nothing else, it was a good investment. We got it at a very good price."
Superior Ag started moving dirt at the location in
January 2017, poured the slip tower for the 6-story, 141-foot feed mill in May of that year, and was
scheduled for a late spring 2018 opening until a
two-month stretch of heavy rain and strong winds
"We have a large warehouse on the north end of the
building and you can't put sheet metal up when the
wind is blowing 40 miles per hour," Day said.
The wind eventually relented in May and Superior
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Portland Systems, Inc., Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, U.S.,
was the general contractor and design engineer.
With an annual production capacity of 150,000 tons -
and plans to increase that output - the Superior Ag feed
mill will serve livestock producers in a 150-mile radius
that stretches as far north as Bloomington, Indiana,
south to Bowling Green, Kentucky, east to Louisville,
Kentucky, and west to McLeansboro, Illinois.
DIVERSE PRODUCT LINE
While many new feed mills in the U.S. boast production
capacities of 400,000 to 500,000 tons per year, they also
typically produce feed for one type of animal. The mill
in Dale makes feed for more than a half-dozen species,
primarily swine, cattle and poultry, but also sheep, goat,
rabbit, quail and turkey.
"We are a multispecies plant," Day said. "We make a
lot of premixes and base mixes, so the tonnage is down
because of that. The diversity of what we produce
makes up for that.
"We've got a lot of turkeys and a fair amount of
chickens in this area. A lot of those are integrated operations but we have a handful of independent producers. That's who we do business with here. There's also
a lot of independent swine production in this area. You
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