Land O’Lakes Inc. will build a state-of-the-art animal feed manufacturing facility in Roanoke, Virginia, with plans to open the facility in December 2018.

“The southeast region is the single biggest growth opportunity for our Purina animal nutrition business. While the new facility is being constructed, we will serve our important current and future customers from product made at our existing facilities and distributed through warehouses at Virginia and Kentucky,” said Beth Ford, group executive vice president and chief operating officer, Land O’Lakes. “We will continue to apply the strong research capabilities of our 100+ Ph.D. scientists at our research facility outside of St. Louis, Missouri, to bring cutting-edge horse, cattle and other animal feed products to customers in the Southeastern United States.”


Although it had been announced in November 2016 that Land O’Lakes had entered into a letter of intent to purchase the feed assets of Southern States Cooperative, “the company is looking to move more quickly in this strategic market than the discussions with Southern States allowed,” Ford said.

Land O’Lakes reported record earnings for 2016 for the company and for its Purina animal nutrition business, which experienced sales and share growth across all channels. The company reported a record $320 million in net earnings on $13.2 billion in sales and returned a record $187 million in cash to its member-owners. This is compared with net earnings of $304 million and cash to its member-owners of $161 million in 2015.