General Mills to close flour mill in U.S. state of Tennessee

by Suzi Fraser
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MINNEAPOLIS, MINNESOTA, U.S. — General Mills, Inc. is to close its milling operation at Johnson City, Tennessee, U.S., and sell the facility, which produces ingredient flour for industrial customers.

"With the combination of Pillsbury and General Mills, there was excess production capacity within the system," said Pat McNulty, director of manufac-turing, General Mills. "The production capacity from this location will be absorbed within other facilities throughout the General Mills’ supply chain."

The mill portion of the facility was built in 1909 and became part of General Mills in 1933 with the acquisition of the Red Band brand. The company added warehouses in 1986 and 1995.

The mill has a daily capacity of 5,000 cwts in terms of flour (227 tonnes of flour), according to the 2003 Grain & Milling Annual. The closing will reduce General Mills’ total daily wheat flour milling capacity to 83,400 cwts (3,783 tonnes) and will cut its total of wheat flour and durum milling capacity to 87,900 cwts (3,987 tonnes) from 92,900 cwts (4,214 tonnes).

That 92,900-cwt capacity put General Mills as the fourth-largest U.S. wheat-durum-rye milling company at the end of 2002, according to the 2003 Grain & Milling Annual. ConAgra Foods ranked third with 250,100 cwts (11,344 tonnes), and Cereal Food Processors, Inc. ranked fifth with 92,200 cwts (4,182 tonnes).

The closing marks the first U.S. flour mill closing since Archer Daniels Midland Co. ceased operations at its Des Moines, Iowa, flour mill Jan. 17, 2002, capping an extended number of closings during 2001.