FRANKENMUTH, MICHIGAN, US — Star of the West Milling Co., based in Frankenmuth, Michigan, US, is acquiring Brown Milling Co. Inc., a grain handler and agronomy supplier based in Mount Pleasant, Michigan, US. Terms of the acquisition were not disclosed.

“This acquisition bolsters key capabilities for Star of the West while further expanding our presence in our home state,” said Jim Howe, president and chief executive officer, Star of the West Milling Co. “Brown Milling and Star of the West share much in common, starting with a commitment to Michigan’s farmers and to our employees.”

Star of the West and Brown Milling have worked together since the early 1980s, sharing a joint interest in what was Northern Star Minerals, Inc., a fertilizer distribution company. They share many of the same fields of agriculture, including wheat handling and marketing, crop nutrient supply and the use of agronomic technology.

Star of the West is the 11th largest mill company in the United States with five flour mills in four states and a capacity of 33,060 cwts, according to Sosland Publishing’s 2022 Grain and Milling Annual. Its operations also include five agronomy locations and 13 elevators for receiving crops, dry bean and food-grade soybean processing facilities. 

This acquisition is the second announced by Star of the West in recent weeks. The company announced Dec. 9 it was acquiring Charlotte, Michigan, US-based Citizens LLC, another grain handling and agronomy supplier.