A newly formed milling company named New Mexico Milling will begin operations in Farmington, New Mexico in August of 2016, announced Bryan Ledgerwood, the President and CEO of New Mexico Milling.
New Mexico Milling will operate the flour mill previously operated by Navajo Agricultural Products Industry. The facility was built in 2012 and is positioned to serve the Southwest markets, as well as the local four state region. The New Mexico Milling plant is equipped with state of the art packaging equipment with capacities of producing 2, 5, 10, 25, 50 lbs. packaged products along with Bulk vessels. New Mexico Milling will offer specialized blending capabilities to produce custom blends such as, various bread, pancake and tortilla mixes. “This is a rare opportunity to operate an independent mill, during a time when the industry has seen continued consolidation into a select few large corporate millers," stated Bryan. "As a result of the wheat sources in the area we see many opportunities to create efficiencies and provide for long-term sustainable growth.”
Ledgerwood understands the importance of serving the customer with quality products that will help set New Mexico Milling apart and will ultimately lead to opportunities for growth for not only New Mexico Milling but for the Navajo Nation economy. “Wilton Charley, CEO of NAPI has been a great resource in identifying tribal, city and state agencies to help bring economic growth and job stability to the Navajo Nation and its surrounding area,” says Bryan.
Ledgerwood brings nearly 20 years of executive experience in the milling industry to this new venture. He has worked in various senior leadership roles in ConAgra Foods, 21st Century Grain Processing, Viterra and most recently with Richardson International. Ledgerwood has successfully integrated numerous plants as a result of industry mergers and acquisitions, and he has a proven record of creating sustainable results through forming and unifying strong plant teams.
Through his professional career, Ledgerwood has been directly responsible for multiple flour and oat processing facilities located across the United States and Canada that achieved growth under his leadership.