November 10, 2017 (Teutopolis, IL) Siemer Milling Company is celebrating its 135th anniversary this year. The company began November 6, 1882 in Teutopolis, IL as “Hope Mills of Uptmor & Siemer Proprietors.” It would be renamed as Siemer Milling Company in 1906.
Our primary product is wheat flour milled to different specifications for foods like crackers, cakes, biscuits, cookies, pretzels, and batters & breadings. We also produce food grade wheat bran and germ as nutritional co-products, and a heat-treated flour for soups, sauces, and gravies.
Throughout our history, Siemer Milling would invest in other aspects of the milling and feed industry as opportunities for growth appeared. But whether these ventures would remain as critically valued components of the business or separated to become their own successful enterprises, Siemer Milling’s core business as a wheat flour mill would remain the same and is the foundation for our growth.
Siemer Milling now operates 5 flour mills at 3 facilities in Teutopolis, IL; Hopkinsville, KY; and West Harrison, IN. Altogether, they grind 25 million bushels of locally-grown wheat into about 750,000 tons of flour, bran, and wheat germ every year. According to company President Rick Siemer, “Our mills are among the most modern in the U.S. milling industry. We have increased production capacity 70% in the last seven years. It’s a matter of genuine pride to us that we buy over $100 million of wheat from area farmers and provide good jobs to 170 people, as well as support many worthy causes in the communities where we are located.”
There are three keys to Siemer Milling’s successful continued operation: Our commitment to relationships with our customers and business partners; an attitude of Respect, Trust, and Responsibility; and an Employee Stock Ownership Program that offers tangible benefits to employees as the company grows.
***Press release and photos courtesy of Siemer Milling***