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Two Longstanding Milling Companies Partner to Build New Flour Mill in West Harrison, IN

Date Posted: September 24, 2013

Whitewater Mill, LLC is building a new wheat flour mill in West Harrison, IN (just west of Cincinnati, OH), which is a joint venture of Siemer Milling Company, Teutopolis, IL and H. Nagel & Son, which also does business as Brighton Mills, Cincinnati, OH. The partnership is between two of the oldest names in flour milling.

The Nagel business was established in 1857, and Siemer Milling began business in 1882.

The mill will have a daily production capacity of 10,000 cwt. of soft wheat flour.

According to a statement by the two companies, the new flour mill will incorporate advanced technology and building design to achieve optimal efficiency, food safety and security, according to the companies.

Principal contractors for the project are Buhler, Inc., Plymouth, MN for processing equipment, and Todd & Sargent, Ames, IA for the buildings and equipment installation.

Financing is being provided by CoBank, Denver, CO, with support forthcoming from Dearborn County, IN, the Lawrenceburg (IN) Regional Economic Development Grant Fund, and the Indiana Economic Development Corporation.

“Nagel and Siemer see a great opportunity for flour milling in the Cincinnati area,” says Rick Siemer, president/CEO, Siemer Milling Company and Whitewater Mill spokesman.

“Existing and potential wheat supply and flour demand factors point to long-term success for this venture.

"Even more important, this will be a facility that addresses the most critical challenges of food manufacturing in a steadily more demanding environment.

“We and our customers, not to mention consumers and government, are establishing higher standards along the entire continuum of production, which involves sustainability, efficiency, and the cleanliness of processing and ultimately the product.

"Flour mills are built to last a long time, to the point where some have outlived their utility.

"This plant is designed for the future, not the past.

"This plant represents what our industry must do to participate in the changing food supply chain.”

Ted Nagel, president of H. Nagel, also underscored that commitment by saying, “We all have experienced an increase in complexity of every aspect of our industry.

"The Whitewater Mill will be a renewal for Nagel and Siemer.

"For us in Cincinnati, we expect efficiencies in milling and transportation over our current facilities, and we look forward to the challenges of the future with the partnership between Nagel and Siemer at the Whitewater Mill.”

Anticipating a completion target date of spring 2015, the total workforce in the highly automated operation is expected to be 35 persons.

In addition, Siemer also praised the cooperation and inducements provided from the local level.

“We are very happy with the positive reception our project has received from local governments in the Dearborn County area,” says Siemer.

“Incentives can rarely be the only decisive factor in business location, and in this case, transportation probably ranks as number one.

"However, the total package offered to us by the local governments is extremely helpful in a capital intensive project like this.

"And their encouraging attitude and assistance in dealing with regulatory issues are invaluable.”

Presently, Nagel operates two small flour mills in Ohio: a 2,700-cwt.-per-day flour mill in Cincinnati, and a 1,800-cwt.-per-day facility in Brookville, which is approximately 70 miles north of Cincinnati.

Siemer Milling Company operates flour mills in Teutopolis (10,500-cwt-per-day) and Hopkinsville, KY (16,000 cwt.-per-day).

For more information, call 217-857-3131.

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