Continental Mills ramps up production of 88 year-old flagship brand

By Gill Hyslop contact

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Pic: Continental Mills

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The Krusteaz baking mix producer has expanded production capacity with the purchase of an additional facility adjacent to its current operation in Effingham, Illinois.

The 175,000 square foot facility – acquired from Hodson Mill – will provide Continental Mills the capacity it needs to support continued growth.

Headquartered in Tukwila, Washington, Continental Mills has four manufacturing facilities, in Kent, Hopkinsville, Manhattan and Effingham. Its Effingham plant focuses on the production of large quantity dry-mix products.

“This is an exciting time for Continental Mills and our employees as we expand our operation with a second facility in Effingham that provides a blank canvas for us to customise and meet customer needs in the years to come,”​ said Andy Heily, president and CEO.

The facility is undergoing renovations and is expected to be fully functional by 2021.

“We already have a great partnership with the Effingham community and, as a family-owned business, those relationships are very important to us,”​ added Mike Meredith, senior VP, Operations.

According to City of Effingham Economic Development director Todd Hull, food companies are a great fit for the region.

“Continental Mills has an outstanding reputation as a company and as an employer, and the City of Effingham is very excited that the company will be undertaking another project in the community.”

Continental Mills is a third generation, family-owned maker of a range of premium baking, breakfast and snack brands, including its flagship Krusteaz speed-scratch mixes, Kretschmer Wheat Germ, Albers Cornmeal and Grits and WildRoots Trail Mixes, sold through retail, foodservice and club store channels across the US.

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