On the north side of Jefferson, Iowa, a 226,000 sq. ft. facility that once produced and exported soy flakes for tofu has been sitting idle since 2010, but now, Landus Cooperative is breathing new life into the already modern site as it transitions it distribute and eventually manufacture cattle feed.
Set to open this summer, the farmer-owned cooperative will manufacture and sell cattle nutritional products for bulk feed pickup and delivery. Dairy feed will be available as well.
“We’ve been researching ways to bring this idled building back to life,” said Mark Cullen, chief animal nutrition officer for Landus Cooperative. “This investment in our feed division is one way we want to show our continued commitment to area livestock producers.”
Customers can expect the following to be available at the new site this summer:
* Bulk feed pickup and delivery;
* A grain bank, similar to what is available at other feed locations;
* Texturized feed -- with pelleted feed to be available in coming months, and
* Access to a team of nutrition experts.
“We’ve been listening to our feed customers, and we’ve identified a need for this in the community,” said Landus Cooperative feed operations manager Chris Wallace, who will manage the facility. “We are very excited to serve you.”
The Beef Feed Center is adjacent to the Landus grain, agronomy and SoyChlor operations.
“Landus Cooperative is proud to invest in the community with projects like this that will generate value for the membership and fulfill a local need,” Cullen added.
The process for transforming the site into a beef feed center will be a multi-phase process. Landus Cooperative is currently removing the soy flaking equipment and replacing it with beef feed mixing equipment in time for the summer opening. Eventually, the company plans sell bagged feeds as well as tubs and other nutritional products at the site.
Originally built in 1999 by a Japanese soy food company to manufacture soy flakes for tofu, the cooperative acquired the facility via a merger in 2012. The facility has not produced product since about 2010. The site is currently assessed at $725,000.