A newly formed milling company named New Mexico Milling will begin operations in Farmington, New Mexico, in August 2016, according to Bryan Ledgerwood, president and CEO of New Mexico Milling.
New Mexico Milling will operate the flour mill previously operated by Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. The facility was built in 2012 and is uniquely positioned to serve the Southwest markets, as well as the local four-state region.
The New Mexico Milling plant is equipped with packaging equipment with capacities of producing 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 lbs. packaged products, along with bulk vessels. New Mexico Milling will offer specialized blending capabilities to produce custom blends such as various bread, pancake and tortilla mixes.
"This is a rare opportunity to operate an independent mill, during a time when the industry has seen continued consolidation into a select few large corporate millers," Ledgerwood said. "As a result of the wheat sources in the area we see many opportunities to create efficiencies and provide for long-term sustainable growth."
Ledgerwood brings nearly 20 years of executive experience in the milling industry to this new venture. He has worked in various senior leadership roles in ConAgra Foods, 21st Century Grain Processing, Viterra and most recently with Richardson International.