George's, Inc., celebrated the groundbreaking of a new feed mill at their Cassville location near Butterfield this morning (Wednesday) at 10 a.m.
The addition of a feed mill will complete the fully integrated operation in southwest Missouri. George's, Inc., built a state-of-the-art processing plant in 1989, which currently processes 1.9 million birds per week. A truck shop and live haul facility was built in 1990.
Most recently, George's completed a hatchery across Highway 37 from the existing plant in 2002. The facility is one of the world's largest hatcheries at full capacity. The addition of a feed mill will allow George's to more efficiently service the more than 150 contract growers in southwest Missouri.
Younglove Construction, LLC, based in Sioux City, Iowa, has been contracted to build the new George's mill. Start up capacity of the new mill will be 10,500 tons per week with expansion capabilities to 15,000 tons per week.
The George's mill will initially employ 27 people and have a storage capacity of more than 700,000 bushels of grain that will be serviced by the Arkansas-Missouri Railroad line.
Headquartered in Spring-dale, Ark., George's is a third-generation, family-owned business with facilities in Springdale, Ark., Siloam Springs, Ark., Edinburg, Va., as well as Cassville. They operate feed mills in Watts, Okla., and Harrisonburg, Va., along with their main mill at the corporate headquarters in Springdale, Ark. "We have had great support from the state of Missouri and the community over the years," said Gary George. "We think the Cassville area provides an excellent environment for our business to grow."
Due to publishing deadlines, photographs of the ground-breaking event and a more complete news article will be published in next week's issue of the Cassville Democrat newspaper.