FOOD PROCESSING IN MILAN: LOOKING TOWARD THE FUTURE
Several dynamic food processing companies have called the city of Milan, Missouri, home for over the last 15 years:
- Simmons Feed Ingredients
Why did these companies want to come to Milan?
Location. Low-cost utilities, a skilled workforce and a central location close to major transportation outlets.
State Routes 5 and 6, routes through the City
Near State Route 63
Distance From Major Airports:
KC International 128.20 miles 2 hrs. 23 minutes
Lambert-St. Louis 236.88 miles 4 hrs. 58 minutes
Smaller airport nearer Milan but with good and improving commercial service:
Kirksville Regional Airport, Kirksville, MO 41.5 miles
Distance from Major Cities:
Kansas City 126.23 miles 2 hrs. 21 minutes
St. Louis 250.03 miles 4 hrs. 15 minutes
Omaha 239.08 miles 4 hrs. 5 minutes
Des Moines 127.45 miles 2 hrs. 45 minutes
In addition, rail service is available 12.20 miles (16 minutes) away in Osgood, Missouri.
Infrastructure to Support Food-Processing.
The city of Milan Waste Water Treatment Plant. Constructed in 2009, this multi-million dollar investment meets the needs for water pollution control and waste water treatment from nearby food processors, and other businesses in the area, setting a foundation for future industrial growth in the food processing cluster area.
Additionally, an adequate, available water source is also a requirement for Food-Processing Companies looking to expand their operations. The North Central Missouri Regional Water Commission (headquartered in Milan), has embarked on the East Locust Creek Reservoir Project which entails the construction of a multi-purpose reservoir that will provide 7 million gallons of water per day for public consumption. The reservoir would provide water to 54,000 residents in 10 north-central Missouri counties.
The revised plan calls for completing flood prevention measures, developing water-based recreational facilities, and enhancing fish and wildlife habitats.