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Bratney and Partners Break Ground on New Flour Mill in Utah

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DES MOINES, IA, January 4, 2024  Bratney has officially broken ground on the Utah Flour Milling, LLC Project in Richmond, Utah. This new green field mill is a joint venture between PHM Brand’s Panhandle Milling and key partners to develop a state-of-the-art flour mill located directly adjacent to a regional ready-to-eat snack food bakery facility, and will produce on-demand flour for the production of several popular snack foods for a major national brand.

The project came to fruition for Bratney through its existing relationship with PHM Brands. “With Bratney leading the equipment supply, engineering and construction of this strategic project, the facility will be the most modern, efficient, and technologically advanced flour milling facility in the region,” commented Peter Bisaccia, President of PHM Brands. As the design-build general contractor, Bratney is responsible for the complete design and construction of the mill. Bratney will also be providing all the key processing and milling equipment, including Cimbria cleaning equipment and Omas milling equipment. The operation is set to complete in the fourth quarter of 2024. “This flour mill is a very exciting project for us at Bratney, as it allows us to bring equipment from our partners at Omas and Cimbria together with our in-house engineering and construction services and deliver a turn-key state-of-the-art milling facility to our long-term customers and friends at PHM,” commented Peter Bratney, President, and CEO of Bratney.

The Utah flour mill will be Omas’ largest mill to date in North America. This represents a major milestone in the partnership between Omas, S.R.L. and Bratney. The two companies began working together in 2016. Omas will be contributing heavily to the milling system design and participating in the startup and calibration of the milling system. "I am very proud to serve the PHM flour milling group, along with our American partner Bratney," commented Luigi Nalon, CEO of Omas Industries. "I strongly believe the project—a result of significant technical and business commitment—will once again allow us to demonstrate the high technological value of our machinery. Our customers will benefit from this for the next 30 years."

Cimbria’s inclusion in the new Utah flour mill aligns with the 30-year anniversary of the partnership and collaboration between Cimbria and Bratney. Cimbria (part of the AGCO Corporation) will play an integral role in the project by providing its industry-leading wheat cleaning equipment and color sorting technology for the mill. The mill facility will also include high-capacity storage bins from GSI—another company under the AGCO umbrella. Through its exclusive distribution partnership with Bratney, Cimbria has been supplying essential cleaning and separation equipment to companies in the milling, seed, grain, and food industries throughout the United States and Argentina for 30 years.

As a result of this exciting new project, we are adding Millwrights and Concrete Craftsmen to our crews.  Please encourage anyone qualified to apply today to join our team


About Bratney

Bratney provides state-of-the-art equipment, process engineering and design, and highly skilled millwright and concrete expertise for new and existing agricultural processing and conditioning facilities. The family-owned and operated company was founded by Ken Bratney in 1964 in Des Moines, IA and has expanded to provide services across the globe with the support of a Boise field office, a Kansas City engineering office, a West Coast office in California, and field crews and territory managers throughout the United States and South America. For more information on Bratney, please visit


About Panhandle Milling

Panhandle Milling is a flour miller specializing in milling, mixing, and packaging grain-based products, including Low-Micro flours and ready-to-eat foods. To learn more about Panhandle Milling, visit


About OMAS

Founded in 1966 by Adriano Nalon, Omas Industries is an Italian company that manufactures machinery and plants for cereal milling. The Group has gained prominence in recent years in the milling market: the growth in the years to come is driven by significant investments in R&D thanks to which the company is able to develop high-tech flour milling machines and cutting-edge “turn-key” plants.