The health food craze has everyone wanting to eat products that contain flax and chia seeds. A company new to KELOLAND is on the cutting edge of this trend and is bringing good jobs to Sioux Falls. The new Glanbia Nutritionals plant is preparing to start production.
This 43,000 square foot seed processing plant has risen out of a farm field after Irish-based company Glanbia announced it intended to move to Sioux Falls a year ago. Now, the new employees are preparing to produce the product.
"We're actually commissioning the plant as we speak. We're putting product through to flush it out; testing the equipment to see how well it works," John Lanigan of Glanbia said.
Glanbia takes in flax seed grown in North Dakota and Canada and mills it into flour.
Glanbia uses a patented technology to process the chia and flax seeds and uses a heat treatment to pasteurize its product to make it safe for human consumption.
It produces the healthy, high omega-3 flour used in 40 different products on grocery store shelves.
"They range from granola bars, pizza, bread--with flax in bread; smoothies, with both chia and flax. That all comes from this facility," Lanigan said.
Glanbia has hired 42 people and plans to add seven more employees in the coming weeks. The company starts employees at $13.75 an hour, along with benefits.
"We've had hundreds of applicants to fill the 42 positions currently filled," Lanigan said.
And before the first official product rolls off the assembly line, Glanbia is already talking expansion.
"The thoughts are in the next two to three years we will fill the tower with new equipment and will take it from there in five to seven years time if we will actually double the entire size of the plant," Lanigan said.
The current facility only takes up half of the ten-acre site and Glanbia has plans to build a mirror plant on the remaining land.
Glanbia's facility in Canada actually burned down over a year ago. That's when the company decided to move to Sioux Falls because of it's proximity to I-29 and good employee base.