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Feed mill production changing hands

TML takes over Gothenburg Land O’Lakes

Local livestock producers and even pet owners who previously purchased feed products from Land O’Lakes Purina Feed in Gothenburg will need to find a new supplier.

The Land O’Lakes operation has been taken over by The Maschhoffs, LLC (TML), a long-time Land O’Lakes partner.

TML is one of the largest family-owned pork production networks in North America. It is headquartered in Carlyle, IL, with hog production sites and feed mills across southwest Illinois, all of Iowa, southern Minnesota, southeast South Dakota and eastern Nebraska.

A triple-net lease, with an option to purchase the Gothenburg Land O’Lakes building, took effect on March 1.

Julie Maschhoff, TML vice president of public policy and public relations, said the lease agreement gives TML complete control over the management and operation of the production facility.

Land O’ Lakes retains ownership of the building but TML is entirely financially responsible.

“It’s a good investment for us because we don’t have the capital expense of building a new facility,” Maschhoff said.

TML will purchase two million bushels of corn from local farmers annually to produce 100,000 tons of swine feed products, Maschhoff said.

The feed is produced soley for TML swine operations.

The plant will no longer manufacture or distribute any Land O’ Lakes Purina Feeds products.

Depending on location and product needs, Land O’Lakes Purina Feed customers will be serviced from other facilities including Lincoln, Fremont, Commerce City, CO, or Sioux City, IA.

A TML mill in Arapahoe, associated with a TML-owned hog production facility there, is in the process of transitioning all feed manufacturing operations to the Gothenburg plant.

Maschhoff said because of the nature of the plant’s new focus, the number of Gothenburg employees may change but until the Arapahoe transition is complete, the final number is uncertain.

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