Montana Specialty Mills, an agriculture production company focused on oilseed crushing and mustard processing, broke ground on its new $20 million, 20-acre processing center today at the AgriTech Park in Great Falls, Montana.
The new facility, expected to be complete by the fall of 2018, will feature state-of-the-art grain processing equipment dedicated to making non-GMO products and organic oilseeds. According to company officials, the relocation of the Montana Specialty Mills facility will enable the company to expand in markets like non-GMOs, organic vegetable oils and protein meals.
The 197-acre AgriTech Park, which opened in 2016 and is owned by the Great Falls Montana Development Authority, offers customized heavy industrial lots ranging in size from seven to 300+ acres.
"We chose our new location in the AgriTech Park because it has the infrastructure, subdivision and zoning already in place for us," says Steve Chambers, President & CEO, Montana Specialty Mills. "Being able to build immediately and not worry about anything else has saved us a lot of time and money."
"Creating a shovel-ready, rail-served heavy industrial park had been a goal of ours for years," says Brett Doney, President of the Great Falls Montana Development Authority. "We see many opportunities, not just in agricultural processing, but in energy-related manufacturing, distribution and logistics. We are happy to see companies like Montana Specialty Mills realizing the potential of the space."
The Great Falls Montana Development Authority invested more than $8 million in the construction of AgriTech Park. This year, AgriTech Park was given an Excellence in Regional Transportation Award for its rail system by the National Association of Development Organizations and was certified by BNSF as part of its Premier Parks Program.
Five lots of land are still available at AgriTech Park. Lot pricing begins at $30,000 for a buildable acre of land. Each lot comes shovel ready with full railway access and utilities that include water, sewage, electricity and gas.