Grain Millers Canada Corp. (GMCC) Friday announced the initiation of the second phase of a project to add 80,000 metric tonnes of oat product production capacity, or roughly 120,000 MT of raw oat capacity, at its mill in Yorkton, Saskatchewan. The capacity, when completed, will make Grain Millers one of the largest global oat millers.
The project, totaling C$100M when completed, reinforces the company’s leadership in the sourcing, milling, and delivery of safe, responsible and identity-preserved ingredients to customers in the food and beverage industries said the company press release.
“We’ve operated in Saskatchewan for twenty years,” said Terry Tyson, Director of Grain Procurement for GMCC. “Yorkton is in the heart of oat country and, with the skilled workforce we have here, it is a great location for us to continue growing our milling business. Our team is experienced, motivated, and ready to build upon a competitive and proven infrastructure.” Twenty-five new positions will be created by the investment. The Yorkton facility manufactures a complete array of conventional, organic and gluten-free oat products.
“Our government welcomes this large $100 million investment and the 25 new, permanent jobs and the 110 construction and engineering jobs that will be created during the construction phase of this project,” said Premier Brad Wall. “Our government has worked hard to strengthen the Saskatchewan Advantage and we will continue to ensure we have a competitive environment for projects like this one.”
This expansion is the latest in a series of capacity and capability investments for GMCC and Grain Millers, Inc., GMCC’s parent company. Steve Eilertson, President of Grain Millers, Inc., commented, “Investments in our people, processes and operational technologies demonstrate our commitment to delivering safe, consistently-good food that helps people live healthier lives. We succeed when our customers succeed. We go out of our way to make sure we’re in the best position to support them— each and every day.”
The Company expects the new milling capacity to become operational in late 2018.
Grain Millers, Inc. is a privately-owned food manufacturer specializing in the sourcing, handling and processing of healthy cereals and grain-based ingredients. Founded in 1985, the company operates four oat mills and various other grain, milling and food facilities across North America.