New bird seed facility in South Dakota
October 30, 2012
A Seattle-based bird seed company, Global Harvest, is in the process of renovating an old elevator in Roscoe, South Dakota that will buy sunflower seeds from area farmers.
The new facility, located in the north central part of the state, began receiving deliveries from farmers about two weeks ago and will be used as a storage and production site.
During the next 15 months, crews will remodel the existing facility and add equipment to store, clean and package sunflower seeds for wild bird and small animal food.
The first phase involves upgrading the elevator and installing hulling and grain-cleaning equipment. That work is expected to be completed by mid-December.
Once that phase is complete, the facility will be able to ship clean sunflower seeds by truck and rail to other Global Harvest facilities for packaging.
The second phase is building a manufacturing area that will be able to package seeds for retail sale.
That facility is expected to be complete by the end of 2013.
More news from: National Sunflower Association
Published: October 30, 2012