A flaxseed plant that burned to the ground in Angusville last March will not be rebuilt within the Manitoba community, company owners said today.
On Tuesday morning, Glanbia Nutritionals Ingredient Technologies announced that it will build a 40,000-square-foot cereal ingredient processing facility in Sioux Falls, SD. The facility, which is expected to begin operations in July 2013, will replace the company's Angusville plant that was destroyed by fire on March 13 of this year.
The company says it will offer relocation packages to all Angusville employees.
"After careful consideration of all options, including the possibility of rebuilding in Manitoba, it became apparent that locating our cereal ingredient facility in Sioux Falls was the best decision for our customers, suppliers and company," Glanbia president and GEO Jerry O'Dea said in a press release.
"After years in Angusville, this was a very difficult decision, given our longstanding relationship with the community. We spoke to our employees today and will look to retain as many as we can through an offer of relocation to Sioux Falls. For those unable to relocate, severance packages will be offered."
The Sioux Falls facility will produce whole and milled flaxseed ingredients as well as other seed and grain products for the food, beverage, supplement and animal nutrition industries. Glanbia Nutritionals will continue to source flaxseed from Saskatchewan, Manitoba and northern U.S. states as before.