Pasta Montana Celebrates Opening of New $6.5M Processing Line, Marking 20th Anniversary in Great Falls, Montana
|GREAT FALLS, Mont., Aug. 23, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Dry pasta manufacturer, Pasta Montana, owned by Nippon Flour Mills, marked its 20th anniversary this week in Great Falls, MT, by opening a new $6.5 million processing line. Pasta Montana’s 91,000-square-foot facility, which employs 115, will increase production capacity from 55 to 80 million pounds of pasta annually – a 28 percent rise.
“Our new production line will move 4,850 pounds of pasta per hour, and operate 24 hours each day, enabling us to continue to grow our staff,” says Randy Gilbertson, chief operating officer of Pasta Montana.
Founded in 1997, Pasta Montana’s goal was to create the world’s finest pasta using a blend of wheat, water and technology. In the spring of 2000, Nippon Flour Mills, Japan’s oldest industrial flour miller and a leading producer of flour-related products, purchased Pasta Montana to help the company go global.
CEO of Pasta Montana, Miharu Kobayashi, and CEO of Nippon, Hiroshi Sawada, along with Japanese representatives for the consul general of Japan and U.S. relations attended an event on Monday, August 21, 2017, recognizing Pasta Montana’s 20 years of pasta production in Great Falls this week.
The Great Falls region of Montana is home to four Japanese-owned companies: Pasta Montana, Columbia Grain, Montana Specialty Mills and Helena Chemical.
“The high-quality ingredients plus low manufacturing costs, supply chain partnerships, skilled workers, and numerous other benefits give food manufacturers an advantage locating here,” says Brett Doney, president and CEO of Great Falls Montana Development Authority (GFDA).
“Pasta Montana’s success proves that agri-processing operations are thriving in the Great Falls region,” says Collin Waters, executive vice president, Montana Wheat and Barley Committee.