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Milling company moves into Valdosta

September 12, 2006

Valdosta - Many of these familiar cereal names are seen at your local Grocery Store, but soon you may have some new options to try.

Organic Milling has purchased a facility in Valdosta in hopes of making their products readily available throughout the East Coast.  "Organic Milling is a company that's established in other parts of the country, specifically the west coast but they needed an east coast presence because they want to serve from New England down to Florida," said Ken Garren, the Executive Director of the Valdosta-Lowndes County Industrial Authority.

So they bought out the Crackin' Good/Consolidated Biscuit facility that closed and have begun to transform the plant to produce their cereal and granola products.  "We will be making cookies, crackers, toaster pastries, moon pies, pie shells, and cereal  Both in regular and organic form," says Plant General Manager Rod Willcox.

When the Consolidated Biscuit facility closed, around 200 employees were out a job.  But Organic Milling hopes to re-employee these skilled workers.  "If you have experience or have previously worked for either consolidated biscuit or the Crackin good facility, that there might be a job out there for them," Garren adds.

Although it's employing only 30 now, the plant Willcox sees that number significantly increasing in the next few years.  "We would hope to have in the first 12 months about 150 people here working up to about 400 or 500," he says.

They hope to have the plant fully operational by November.

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