2017-06-21 / Front Page

Golden to expand peanut flour plant

2006 aerial view of Golden Peanut plant in Blakely. 2006 aerial view of Golden Peanut plant in Blakely. Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts, a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Company announced Friday that it is investing in its third expansion at the company’s production facility in Blakely.

This newest expansion project will increase the plant capacity, add new technology for quality control and cool storage to preserve quality for the finished products at the facility.

“Adding capacity and functionality to the Blakely facility will help us meet growing customer demand using new technology to ensure we continue to deliver the high-quality products our customers have come to expect from Golden Peanut and Tree Nuts,” said Greg Mills, president. “I am proud of the team at Blakely for their continued work to build a great business with an exceptional future as we expand and execute our mission of serving nutrition to the world.”

This latest expansion project will involve:

• New technology that increases efficiencies and capacity

• A raw materials storage warehouse

• Storage for manufacturing supplies

• A cool storage warehouse using innovative technology to preserve finished products.

“The demand for plant-based protein ingredients such as peanut flour is growing as consumers focus on healthier food and beverage solutions as well as clean and clear labels,” said Bruce Kotz, vice president of specialty products for Golden Peanut. “At facilities such as Blakely, Golden Peanut can deliver U.S.-sourced peanut flour in both organic and conventional forms for customers to use in a variety of finished goods and formulations. Continuing to improve and invest in these facilities and communities helps ensure we can continue to meet that demand and best serve our customers now and in the future.”

“We are extremely excited to continue our partnership with Golden Peanut and its parent company ADM,” said James Crozier, director, Development Authority of Early County. “Agriculture is the driving force of our economy, so naturally the city and county are extremely excited to carry on our relationship with Golden Peanut. The facility was originally constructed in 2004, and the Development Authority of Early County is so happy that the growth and partnership are continuing in 2017.”

Construction is currently scheduled to begin in the fall of 2017 and to be complete during the fall of 2018.

Suppliers or customers with questions about the Blakely plant expansion should contact Greg Mills at 770-752-8225.

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