With less wheat being grown in the Central Valley, J.D. Heiskell plans to mothball its Tulare mill next year. That’s the word from CEO Scot Hillman who said the move is likely to happen by March. The company is building a new office nearby. California’s 2014 winter wheat production is estimated at 432 thousand tons, about 48 percent below 2013. The company has 11 locations around the country and is the nation’s fourth-largest feed manufacturing company by volume. The Tulare mill was the company’s first but could be put back into service if the wheat crop rebounds, Hillman said.
Nov. 30, 2014 Visalia Times-Delta