Pardue Grain breaks ground on pulse crop processing plant

by Eric Schroeder
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Pardue Grain breaking ground on pulse crop facility in Great Falls MT
Photo courtesy of Pardue Grain.
 
CUT BANK, MONTANA, U.S. — Pardue Grain on July 9 broke ground on a $6.5 million project to upgrade its pulse crop processing facility in Cut Bank, Montana. The facility will sort, size, bag and clean food products.

Earlier this year Pardue Grain was awarded a $5 million loan from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s Rural Development Program to assist in the upgrade of the facility.

Pardue Grain Inc Roger Sammons CEO
Roger Sammons, owner of Pardue Grain

“Pardue Grain is going to be able to increase Montana producers’ access to foreign and domestic markets for value-added and Montana-branded products,” Roger Sammons, owner of Pardue Grain, said at the time the loan was announced. “Pardue Grain is creating jobs and paying higher wages on the Blackfeet Reservation and in Glacier county. I gladly thank Senator Jon Tester and all of Montana’s state and federal legislators who support this program and the good it does for our community by creating jobs and paying higher wages in the region.”

The new facility will create 12 full-time jobs.

“We are excited to have Pardue Grain expand in the Great Falls, Montana region. The investment continues to prove our area’s strengths for pulse processing operations that serve customers around the country,” said Brett Doney, President of the GFDA. “It’s wonderful that following the project’s completion, the new facility will offer full processing services to area pulse producers.”

Pardue Grain is owned by Roger and Lisa Sammons. The plant was originally built in 1959 and has expanded in size over the years. Located on the BNSF Railroad mainline, Pardue Grain has a 10-car railroad spur. Loadout is performed with traditional grain legs as well as with belt conveyors for more sensitive crops. The company offers market cleaning services, transportation logistics, storage and handle services. Pardue has 420,000 bushels of flat storage, 27,000 bushels of hopper storage, and 310,000 bushels of steel bin storage.
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