Hundreds attended a ribbon cutting disclosing a new high-technology feed facility on the eastern edge of Columbus. Governor Pete Ricketts, company officials, and Columbus Mayor Jim Bulkley spoke at the event informing the audience of ADM’s status of a leading manufacturing, nutrition and marketing business that offers a wide range of leading-edge products for the animal nutrition market. Bulkley’s comment of “They stayed and got bigger,” brought applause from the audience.
ADM plans to gut the original feed mill and use it mainly as a warehouse. The new additions upgraded technology will assist in the production of a variety of animal feeds, including pellets and blocks for cattle and horses although beef is their primary focus – feedlots and cow/calf operators. However, the hundreds of feed products will also be manufactured for chickens, pigs, lambs, and goats. Two 12-hour shifts will operate five days a week. A third shift is a possibility in the future.
Governor Ricketts commented, “adding value to agricultural products is at the heart of a strong and growing ag economy in Nebraska.”