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Gold Star feed mill in Adams Center poised to grow under new ownership

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ADAMS CENTER — The Gold Star Feed & Grain Co. mill off Route 11 is poised to grow under new ownership after the company was bought in March.

The mill, which has 18 employees, was one of three Gold Star locations bought March 21 by J.D. Heiskell & Co. from Kent Nutrition Group for $992,438, according to Jefferson County property records. The California company, which previously had co-owned Gold Star with Kent, also acquired mills in Sangerfield and Augusta, Maine, to expand its footprint in the Northeast.

Thanks to the ownership change, Gold Star General Manager Andrew M. Dugan said, the company is exploring ways to expand its Adams Center operation, which serves dairy farms in Jefferson, Lewis and St. Lawrence counties.

“J.D. Heiskell’s strategy is decentralized, encouraging local management to take ownership of the business and make good decisions, good investments and good strategic moves,” Mr. Dugan said. “There are opportunities in Adams Center we’re actively exploring. Not all moves are brick-and-mortar moves, but we do expect to grow.”

The Adams Center plant manufactures meals, pellets and textured treats for dairy operations. Mr. Dugan said the plant will begin to market and sell more grain products that aren’t produced at the plant, including wet gluten feed for dairy cows.

“One piece of where we’re going will include commodities, and we just announced that we will begin marketing wet gluten feed in the north country,” Mr. Dugan said. “So that’s an example of an opportunity to grow.”

L. Brad Coolidge, Adams Center plant manager, said he is excited about possible growth opportunities as a result of the ownership change.

“The company has a big market share in commodities in the Midwest and in the dairy industry, and they’re hoping to expand in the Northeast,” Mr. Coolidge said. “I feel there could be more opportunities to grow.”

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