three large shipping containers containing the wood-crated machinery arrived from Italy and a crane was brought in to lower the equipment into place.
An engineering technician from Agrex arrived from Italy to oversee and direct the mill’s installation and by January 2015, the plant was up and processing corn.
Take a tour of the plant and you’re asked to put on a lab coat and wear disposable head and shoe covers and noise-cancelling headphones to cut the din of the 60 motors, fans, bearings, and the plant’s grinding and sifting mills.
Rob McGregor walks you though the plant pointing out how the corn is screened, destoned and winnowed to remove any impurities, degerminated, and finally sent to the four milling stations that grind the corn.
The entire process is automated.
St-Georges Mill uses the more sanitary dry method of processing, reducing energy consumption and eliminating the need to wet the grain or use steam to temper it.
Tom Webster explains that the corn the mill processes is yellow “hard endo,” which refers to corn with a hard endosperm, commonly used by specialty grain handlers and the best to make grits with.
“We’ve established a few varieties that work best for us and will be actively looking for farmers that grow these,” explains Mr. Webster, standing in a room where samples of the mill’s grits, corn meal, and corn flours are studied for grade and consistency.
The byproduct of the process is protein rich and ends up as animal feed for local beef farmers. Kim McKay explains that different granulations of the corn are sold to cereal, snack and specialized bakery producers.
One client is an artisan distillery based in Montréal, Cirka Distilleries, which is the first grain-to-bottle distiller in Québec.
Cirka’s Vodka Terroir and Gin Sauvage start with premium non-GMO corn processed at the Dalhousie facility. The company also makes whisky that will available once it has aged.
Another interesting customer for the mill’s flour is a kosher wasabi paste producer in Alberta.
Moulin St-Georges Mill is kosher certified, is a member of Aliments Québec, and is BRC Global Standard for Food Safety certified.
To see a video of corn being processed at Moulin St. Georges Mill, visit the company’s Facebook page, and for more information visit the website, www.moulinstgeorgesmills.com
STORY: Kim McKay says the company’s logo helps tell the mill’s story. The family-owned mill’s motto is: Committed to excellence with our core values of honesty, hard work, and trust.