Cargill on August 30 closed on the sale of its feed mill and grain elevator in Martinsburg, Pa., to Holtwood, Pa.-based Risser Grain LLC. Under the terms of the agreement, Risser Grain is acquiring the property and assets such as machinery and equipment.

Cargill acquired the Martinsburg facility in January upon securing the winning bid to acquire the feed mill assets of Pennfield Corporation in a bankruptcy proceeding.


Concurrent with the sale, Risser is entering into an agreement with New Enterprise, Pa.-based Key State Ag Service LLC. Under this agreement, Key State will shift its retail agriculture business operations from New Enterprise to the Martinsburg facility and will manufacture feed products for Cargill from the new location. Risser will operate the grain elevator portion of the facility. All full-time employees affected were offered positions with Key State Ag Service.

"After acquiring the Pennfield operations, it was important for us to sort through and understand the long-term needs of this marketplace. We wanted to ensure that we partnered with an organization that could provide Cargill and its customers the grain banking  solutions that are needed," said Rob Sheffer, group director of Cargill Feed & Nutrition United States. "In the end, we are pleased that we are selling the operation to a respected organization that has a track record of long-term success in grain banking and feed manufacturing. This facility will continue to be an important partner for Cargill to provide solutions into the Martinsburg community."