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ARCHIVED  November 5, 1999

Mead plant to close down within the year

MEAD — Urban sprawl may be to blame for the imminent closing of a Mead bean-handling and processing plant that employs four people.

Agri Sales Inc. of Saginaw, Mich., a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Co., will close its Mead plant in a year, said Linda Easum, the manager of ASI of Wyoming. ASI will phase out its Mead operations in conjunction with the expansion of its Garland, Wyo., plant, Easum said.

The phasing-out process has already begun, said Von Price, manager of the Mead plant. Prior to the decision to expand the Garland plant, the Mead facility bought, processed and shipped edible beans.

Now, shipping remains the facility’s sole function, and the remnants of the plant’s former responsibilities have quickly disappeared. Price said the company has moved the Mead plant’s cleaning and processing equipment to Garland.

ASI has tentatively set a timeline for closing at a year, Easum said. “There’s still a lot of product there.”

One explanation for the relocation has been offered. “The amount of houses going in [in Mead] are eating into the farmland,” Price said. “It wasn’t feasible to maintain a facility here.”

The Mead Town Planner’s Office was not aware of the closing nor of the Garland expansion.

In Wyoming, ASI has worked with Powell Inc., a private-sector business-development group, to coordinate the expansion efforts. Their efforts included securing a special-use permit from the Park County commissioners, which will allow ASI to expand the Garland site.

MEAD — Urban sprawl may be to blame for the imminent closing of a Mead bean-handling and processing plant that employs four people.

Agri Sales Inc. of Saginaw, Mich., a subsidiary of Archer Daniels Midland Co., will close its Mead plant in a year, said Linda Easum, the manager of ASI of Wyoming. ASI will phase out its Mead operations in conjunction with the expansion of its Garland, Wyo., plant, Easum said.

The phasing-out process has already begun, said Von Price, manager of the Mead plant. Prior to the decision to expand the Garland plant, the Mead facility bought, processed…

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