Producers of pulse crops in the Golden Triangle area received some good news last week with the re-opening of the processing plant in western Glacier County. The Pardue Grain facility, formerly owned by Roger and Lisa Sammons, is back in operation. AgroLink, LLC, has acquired the grain elevator and food grade pulse processing plant located west of Cut Bank.
LinkOne Ingredient Solutions, a leading United States-based food and pet food ingredient supplier and Agrocorp International, a Singapore-based agricultural commodities multinational, earlier this month announced a partnership to form AgroLink, LLC.
“This partnership allows us to expand our current base of operations in pet food ingredients and provides a great foundation to increase our efforts in our emerging food ingredient business,” said Brad Riley, Chief Strategy Officer with LinkOne.
According to Riley, AgroLink will purchase pulse products from local and area producers providing access to both U.S. markets and growing international markets.
LinkOne has over 100 employees in the United States and currently services markets in the U.S., Canada and Mexico. AgroLink’s focus will be on the expansion of pulse crops, including peas, chickpeas and lentils, into global markets, both U.S. and international.
AgroLink will utilize LinkOne’s extensive relationships with many of the key U.S. food and pet food manufacturers and Agrocorp’s global supply chains to find the best markets for peas, chickpeas, and lentils that are grown by farmers in Glacier County and surrounding areas.
“We are very excited about this partnership with LinkOne, as well as the opportunity to enter the U.S. market. The facility in Cut Bank presents the perfect launching pad for AgroLink to become a leader in the U.S. pulses market,” stated Vishal Vijay, Director of Strategic Investments at Agrocorp International.
The state-of-the-art plant currently employs a team of five experienced former employees of Pardue Grain. AgroLink plans to expand its workforce to 15 by year-end.
According to Jessica Kutz, Marketing Manger for LinkOne, the company pays “competitive industry wages” for this region and offers a full benefit package.
Job positions currently being advertised are an assistant plant manager and a plant accounting specialist. The posted annual salary for the assistant plant manager position is $45,000-$60,000 and the hourly wage being offered for the accounting specialist position is $20-$26 per hour.
The job openings are currently posted on Indeed, AgroLink’s Linked In page and on their website at agroinkllc.com.
AgroLink is “most excited” to be an involved and contributing community member, added Kutz.
The processing facility features full stack cleaning, grading, and bagging capabilities. The facility’s location and service capabilities make it the perfect option for local farmers to connect their products with food manufacturers in domestic and global markets.
The AgroLink facility has more than 400,000 bushels of storage capacity, a 10-railcar siding on the BNSF main line and has an annual handling capacity in excess of 1.5 million bushels as well as Safe Quality Food (SQF) Level 2 and Organic certifications.
AgroLink’s focus on pulses is timely, given the recent growth of plant-based proteins in both the human and pet food markets as a sustainable and nutritious alternative to animal proteins.
LinkOne was founded in 2002 on the principle of listening, serving, and solving to provide pet food manufacturers with the best value-added ingredients for their trusted brands.
Today, LinkOne is the premier source of pet food ingredients and supply chain solutions to the industry and has an emerging U.S. food ingredient business with a focus, among other items, on gluten-free ingredients for bakeries.