IN a move that will expand its operations in Colorado, California-based J.D. Heiskell & Co. announced Dec. 17 that it has acquired a feed mill and storage facility in Platteville, Colo., from Butterball Inc.
Heiskell, one of the largest commercial feed companies in the country, plans an "extensive makeover" of the facility to expand its capabilities and capacity.
"This location is part of a larger plan to build our overall business to serve the needs of grain producers, cattle feeders and (dairy producers) in Colorado, Kansas, Nebraska and Wyoming," Heiskell senior vice president for business development Robert Hodgen said. "We will begin immediately to retrofit the facility so that it can produce minerals, protein supplements and calf feeds starting in the second quarter of 2013."
Hodgen said plans also call for adapting the facility so it can be used as a grain elevator. That will allow the feed company to receive grain from local farmers in northern Colorado starting with the 2013 wheat harvest. Heiskell opened a regional office in Windsor, Colo., in May 2012 and has been active in the region since 2005.
Heiskell chair Scot Hillman said the Platteville facility is capable of producing 20,000 tons of feed per month and has 6,500 tons of available storage for grains and commodities.
Expected improvements include paving a significant area north of the mill for potential ground storage during harvest, as well as expanding rail capacity and facilities and serving the plant.
Along with upgrades and improvements to on-site utilities, Heiskell also intends to modify pelleting and grinding operations to better suit the planned mix of products that will be produced at the site, including ground grains, basic commodity blends and pelleted livestock feeds and mineral mixes.
According to data gathered by Forbes, Heiskell's revenues have grown fourfold over the past decade and reached $4.8 billion in 2011 (Feedstuffs, Dec. 3).