Ardent Mills, a flour-milling and ingredient company, announced four plant closures. These changes are necessary based on an analysis of current and anticipated demand and to enhance the efficiency of the Ardent Mills network. Ardent Mills will operate and invest in the remaining 35 flour mills across the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico.

“These decisions are difficult, especially because of the impact on our valued team members. However, this is a critical step to put greater focus and investment on the rest of our plants,” said Dan Dye, CEO of Ardent Mills. “Our growth plan calls for strategic investments in our unmatched network of community mills; these changes allow us to grow accordingly and better meet customer needs.”

The four plants impacted are Macon, Ga., Loudonville, Ohio and Red Lion, Pennsylvania, which will close effective June 30, 2019; Rush City, Minnesota will close the first quarter of calendar year 2020. The company’s leadership is making every effort to help impacted team members, including placement at other Ardent Mills locations, career support, and other transitional assistance.

Through these changes, Ardent Mills will continue to embrace its values of TRUST, SERVING, SIMPLICITY and SAFETY. The company is working closely with impacted customers to transition to other Ardent Mills locations and ensure they receive the quality and service they have come to expect.

“Ardent Mills’ vision and values remain the foundation of our organization and will carry us forward,” said Dye. “Our dedicated team is committed to working closely with customers, farmers, and suppliers, and bringing innovation to the market with strategic moves like the introduction of The Annex by Ardent Mills. The future of grain-based solutions is filled with opportunities.”