The first new flour mill in Scotland for over 30 years is to be built in Kirkcaldy by Carr’s Milling Industries PLC.
The project, within the Cumbrian based company’s Food Division, involves the installation of a state of the art mill in a brand new building.
It will be located on a site alongside the grain storage and handling facility now operating within the town’s port, which reopened to cargo vessels and wheat imports in 2011 after a break of 20 years following investment by Carr’s and Forth Ports.
The project will ultimately replace the original Hutchisons Mill in the town with a modern, purpose built facility providing enhanced, flexible capability to produce a wide range of flour milled from imported and locally grown wheat.
Chris Holmes, chief executive Carr’s Milling Industries PLC said that the mill will give Carr’s the most modern and technologically advanced mill in the UK.
“It means that we can continue to provide our customers with the highest levels of product quality and service quality for many years to come.”
George Wishart finance director, Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, said that the renewal plans for Kirkcaldy are good news for the 71 strong workforce, the local supply chain, and the town.
“We hope to engage with local contractors on elements of the construction, which will go out to tender as the programme moves forward.
“We also acknowledge the support of Scottish Enterprise, which has helped fund the project and enabled it to get the go ahead.”
Lena Wilson, chief executive of Scottish Enterprise, which is supporting the development with an RSA grant, said:
“The decision to develop the first new flour mill that Scotland has seen in 30 years is an important investment for the Fife economy, the local supply chain, and Scotland’s food and drink industry as a whole and will help to safeguard jobs in the long term.
“This new state-of-the-art facility further demonstrates the company’s commitment to Scotland following its investment, along with Forth Ports, in the town port last year which saw it re-open to cargo vessels and wheat imports after a period of 20 years.
Scotland’s food and drink industry continues to provide growth opportunities and Carr’s decision to invest here is testament to the strength and performance of the sector,” he said.
Construction of the new facility will take place over the next 15 months, with Swiss Milling Engineers Buhler supplying the milling machinery and controls. Gelder & Kitchen of Hull, has been appointed as project manager and architect. The project is supported by a Regional Selective Assistance grant from Scottish Enterprise.
Carr’s Flour Mills Ltd, is wholly owned by Carr’s Milling Industries PLC. The company was originally established in Carlisle, Cumbria in 1831 by JD Carr. Carr’s currently own 3 Flour Mills at Silloth (Cumbria), Maldon, (Essex) and Kirkcaldy, (Fife).
Hutchisons was established in 1830 when Robert Hutchison began trading in wheat, barley oats, flax, butter and flour. Over time he became more and more involved in the grain aspect of the business and by 1845 the company had achieved great prosperity.
By 1856 the company owned all the land in East Kirkcaldy on which the present flour mill now stands.