£2.6 million investment at Muntons
The high Sheriff of Suffolk, Mr WB Kendall Esq DL, officially opened Muntons new grain intake facility on the 5th October in a ribbon cutting ceremony attended by a host of invited guests, including the mayors of both Stowmarket and Needham Market.
Muntons have invested £2.6 million in their grain intake area, creating not only a faster and more streamlined facility, but one that lowers their energy consumption and also reduces the number of local truck movements.
Improvements include a second weighbridge, new grain intake pit, the construction of a 1,300 tonne storage silo and the refurbishment of their existing silos. In addition, they have created a new one-way traffic system on their site to improve safety and have installed a 26-metre tall, state-of-the-art, energy efficient, grain dryer.
During his opening remarks, the High Sheriff praised the company for its foresight and continued desire to invest in these post Brexit times and particularly for its continued commitment in projects designed to reduce energy usage, improve safety and reduce vehicle movements.
George Irving, Muntons Cedars Maltings Manager commented: “At Muntons we believe firmly in making investments for our business which ensure that we are sustainable. For this project we have invested in the best available technology, which not only increases our ability to process grains more rapidly, but also significantly reduces our energy use.” He continued: “The new process has improved efficiency by 40% and supports our position as a major processor of locally grown cereals.”
The official opening marked the culmination of 18 months of work. The grain dryer was constructed in a short four-month period, just in time for the harvest this year.