ConAgra Maple Leaf to close Buffalo flour mill

by Emily Wilson
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ConAgra Maple Leaf Milling Inc. has announced plans to cease operations at its Buffalo flour mill and grain elevator at the end of June.

The mill, which is owned jointly by ConAgra Flour Milling Co., Omaha, Nebraska, U.S., and Maple Leaf Foods, Inc., Toronto, Canada, employs about 70 persons.

"The inefficiencies associated with the age of the facility combined with economic conditions are such that it is no longer economically feasible for ConAgra Maple Leaf Milling to operate the Buffalo facility," according to Darek Nowakowski, president, ConAgra Flour Milling.

ConAgra is managing partner of the joint venture and operates the Buffalo mill. ConAgra Flour Milling Co. and Maple Leaf Foods formed the joint venture in 1992 and have operated the Buffalo facility since then. The mill has daily milling capacity of 28,500 cwts (1,293 tonnes) of flour.

Nowakowski said the decision to close the mill did not reflect upon the skills and capabilities of the ConAgra Maple Leaf Milling work force.