Feedmill Explosion Hits The Maschhoffs’ Plant An early morning explosion Tuesday at The Maschhoffs’ Carlyle (IL) feedmill on Hwy. 127 was apparently due to an electrical problem and recent storms in the area.
Fortunately, no serious human injuries occurred.
“Five people were present at the time of the incident,” says Jason Logsdon, executive vice president of Product Supply & Operations and chief financial officer for The Maschhoffs.
The Maschhoffs plan to direct their attention to operations to ensure pigs continue to have a safe feed supply from other feedmills in the surrounding area. The Maschhoffs also plan to work directly with area farmers to coordinate grain receiving in order to honor all purchase commitments.
At this time, the extent of the damage and downtime of the mill are unknown. The mill is expected to be repaired once the extent of the damages from the fire have been assessed.
The Carlyle mill produces feed for Maschhoff Production Partners in southern Illinois. The feedmill produces approximately 20% of The Maschhoffs’ feed requirements.
The Maschhoffs, headquartered in Carlyle, IL, is one of the largest family-owned pork production networks in North America, owned by Dave and Karen Maschhoff and Ken and Julie Maschhoff.
The Maschhoffs partner with a network of 300 family farmers across the Midwest, known as Production Partners, who work with The Maschhoffs to collectively produce enough pork to feed eight million consumers annually.