Midstate Mills selects Buhler to build new 450-tonne flour mill in North Carolina

by Teresa Acklin
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   NEWTON, N.C. — Midstate Mills, Inc. has reached an agreement with Buhler, Inc., Minneapolis, to construct a fully automated mill in Wilson's Mills, North Carolina, U.S., with daily flour milling capacity of about 450 tonnes.

   The complex also will include about 16,000 tonnes of wheat storage capacity and a batch type blending plant. All finished product will be shipped bulk from the mill, Midstate said. The mill is expected to be completed before the end of 1999.

   Boyd Drum, president of Midstate Mills, said the greenfield project on 110 acres will entail building an access road off of Interstate 70 as well as adding a spur off the Norfolk Southern Railway main rail line.

   Buhler has been engaged to engineer and equip the facility, as well as handle all mechanical and electrical installation. Evergreen Builders, Inc., Neodesha, Kansas, U.S., will oversee construction.

   Midstate also announced it is undergoing a modernization and capacity increase at its Newton, North Carolina, U.S., mill. Expansion at the mill, which was originally constructed in 1960, will raise daily flour milling capacity to 340 tonnes from 295 tonnes. Overall wheat storage capacity at the Newton mill will remain at about 23,000 tonnes.

   Buhler also will equip the Newton mill, Midstate said, which has a targeted completion date of early July.