Belmont Mills expands its operation
BELMONT — After more than 100 years in business, Belmont Mills is expanding its operations and looking to the future.
The company has a long history dating back to its founding as Belmont Roller Mill in 1900 by local farmer and stockholder John Ira Lewis. Originally a flour mill, the business has morphed over the years into one that manufactures animal feed and turf seed mixes, anti-erosion products and aggregates. Its location in the village of Belmont has remained the same throughout its existence.
Belmont Mills President James Lewis, fifth-generation owner of Belmont Mills, is now expanding the company. Construction is underway on a 10,000-square-foot facility at the company’s headquarters on Jefferson Street in Belmont.
Lewis said the new structure will house a 3,500-square-foot retail store, a new seed blending facility and some offices.
“Business is good as of now. We are expanding to adapt to the times. If you’re not growing, you’re dying,” said Lewis.
The company currently employs 40 full-time workers. The addition of the retail store and seed manufacturing facility is expected to create three full-time and two part-time jobs.
Lewis hired T.J. Jefferis General Contracting Inc. for the construction project.
“The company is from Barnesville. I think it’s absolutely important to deal local,” said Lewis.
Lewis noted the construction is taking place in phases and could not say exactly when it will be completed, but he hopes to be blending seed by July.
“The retail side will probably not be done until the end of the year. We will be selling all general ag products and will add boots, farming clothing and construction clothing, as well as other items,” Lewis added.
Lewis said the company has other plans for expansion in the future, but he is not yet ready to share those plans with the public.