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10/31/17

On Thursday, October 26th, Todd & Sargent was recognized with a 2017 Excellence in Construction Award for the Chelsea Milling Batching Tower project in Chelsea, MI. 

This project completed for the makers of JIFFY Mix, was planned to help expand production capabilities at the existing site and included a slipformed batching tower 80’ wide x 80’ long x 105’ high with six floors, Buhler mixing systems, a freight and passenger elevator, and an interconnecting access bridge to their existing mixing tower.  In September 2015, Todd & Sargent crews worked 5 days, 24 hours a day to pour the slipform structure with substantial completion in February 2017.

Chelsea Milling is a fourth generation flour mill company established in 1901, and in 1930 expanded to the retail prepared baking mix market with JIFFY Mix.

Watch the Batching Tower being built.

07/11/17

Todd & Sargent, Inc. has recently completed construction of a 49,000 square foot facility in Ozark, AL for Wayne Farms LLC.  This $200 million two-in-one poultry feed mill is officially the nation's largest start-up feedmill and has a production capacity of 25,000 tons per week.  This mill was built due to the growing demand for poultry in the U.S. and supports three chicken processing plants in nearby Dothan, Union Springs and Jack, AL.

 

Some features of this new facility include:

Receiving Systems: Rail receiving for corn rated at 50,000 BPH, Rail receiving for soft stocks rated at 17,500 CFH, Truck receiving rated at 14,000 CFH/280 TPH

Ingredient Storage Bins: 28 ingredient bins to mixers - 5,400 tons, 6 pellet mill surge bins - 656 tons, 30 bulk loadout bins - 6,000 tons with dual driveways

Whole Grain Storage: 1 million bushel capacity

Soybean Meal Storage: 4,200 tons

Dual Batching: 162 TPH system capacity, Dual 10 ton mixers, Two 20 bin micro ingredient system

Pelleting:  270TPH, 3 pellet lines each providing 90 TPH, 3 pellet mills, each with dual conditioners, horizontal coolers, and a crumbler

Support Systems: Complete plant automation, electrical and mechanical installation

 

Wayne Farms is the sixth largest poultry operation in the United States with eleven facilities located in the Southeast.  The new plant will employ about 88 local workers and replaces three of Wayne Farms' aging feed mills in DeFuniak Springs, FL, Troy, AL and Enterprise, AL.

04/26/17

A group of Todd & Sargent employees and their families participated in Reggie's Sleepout at Jack Trice Stadium in Ames, Iowa on March 25th.  Our group and hundreds of others gathered at the football stadium to sleep in tents, sleeping bags, and boxes to raise awareness of homelessness in the community. 

The T&S group also participated in the "Boxed-In Design Contest".  This activity was to help educate and advocate for youth homelessness by creating a box shelter out of cardboard to sleep in for the event.  Our partcipants designed a shelter based on one of our feed mill designs.  Brian Watson from our Marketing department was even interviewed on KCCI during the event.  Watch here.

Reggie's Sleepout Ames raised funds for three different organizations: Youth & Shelter Services (YSS), Emergency Residence Project (ERP), and Assault Care Center Extending Shelter & Support (ACCESS).  The 2017 event raised a total of $96,646!

Reggie's Sleepout started in 2001 at Drake University in Des Moines.  This was the first year the event took place in Ames.  It is named after Reggie Kelsey, a young man aged out of the foster care system who was found in the Des Moines River after several months without resources to turn to.

01/10/17

Todd & Sargent wishes to announce the retirement of our President, Wm. H. (Bill) Bokhoven after 28 years of service.  Bill started working for Todd & Sargent on June 20, 1988 in the Engineering Department as a Project Engineer.  In 1994, he was promoted to Vice President of Engineering, and in 2006 he was selected to be President of T&S.  He continued in that role until his retirement on December 31, 2016. 

Bill always had a desire to be involved in the agricultural industries served by Todd & Sargent.  His experience of growing up on a farm, working in a feed mill in college, and earning degrees from Iowa State University in Agricultural and Structural Engineering prepared him well to meet the needs of T&S clients.  His engineering background provided a well-rounded, broad-based foundation to help address the diverse facets of our projects.  Working as a team with our designers, project managers, field crews, suppliers, and clients created the setting for a rich and fulfilling career.

Bill fully endorsed and believed in the mission of Todd & Sargent.  Our mission has been and continues to be that we "serve the engineering and construction needs of our clients to ensure their continued growth and sucess".  For Bill, there was probably nothing more rewarding than to be able to help others be successful.  While striving to do that for our clients, he also tried to encourage fellow employees to pursue excellence in all they do - from grammar and spelling to being the best you can be at all aspects of your job.  Perfection was never an absolute, but striving for it was always a goal.

As he approached the end of his career, he realized that another important aspect of anyone's job is to "pass the baton" to the next generation so they can continue to build upon the foundations that have been laid.  To that end, he tried to ensure that his colleagues were equipped with the fundamentals to make their careers as enjoyable and rewarding as his had been.

Bill and his wife Sue live in Ames where they raised their three sons.  Future plans include spending more time with their children and grandchildren.  Their children include son Nicolas and wife Karla of San Diego, Californina; son Mark and wife Chelsey of Denver, Colorado; and son Eric and wife Erin, who are currently deployed to Germany.  Bill and Sue have four grandchildren: Luke, Kate, Logan, and Blake.

Best wishes in your retirement, Bill!

12/05/16

Todd & Sargent, Inc. is pleased to announce the completion of the new $68 million malt house for Rahr Malting Company in Shakopee, MN. This expansion, completed six months ahead of schedule, makes the Shakopee location the largest single-site malting facility in the world, adding 28 full-time employees.

The new malt house is 115,000 square feet and increases the annual malting capacity to 460.000 metric tons from 390,000 previously.  Rahr says that is enough to brew nearly 12 billion 12-ounce cans of light beer or 6-billion bottles of craft brew per year.  Almost 1/4 of breweries in America contain Rahr malt.

Rahr Corporation was founded on the shores of Lake Michigan in 1847 by William Rahr, a German immigrant and brewer.  Over 166 years later, in its 5th and 6th generation, it is still owned and operated by the Rahr family.  They produce and distribute malt and other related brewing supplies to customers around the world with production plants in Shakopee and Alix, Alberta, a procurement and distribution facility in Taft, ND, a processing facility in Yakima, WA and eleven leased warehouses throughout the US and Canada.

11/11/16

Construction was completed on schedule at the new $27 million SoyPlus expeller plant for Landus Cooperative (formerly West Central Cooperative) in Ralston, IA.  This project includes soybean transfer and prep, twelve new mechanical presses, soymeal grinding and cooling, soybean oil processing, finished soymeal storage, and truck loadout.  This expansion allows for an additional six million bushels of soybeans each year, which increases current production by 50% (20 million bushels total annually).  The new plant, along with the existing facility, is able to produce enough SoyPlus to load 18 rail cars daily.  SoyPlus is an industry-leading high bypass protein dairy feed ingredient used in dairy rations world-wide.

The existing facility, which has operated for more than 30 years, was producing at capacity, creating the demand for the expansion and 11 full-time job opportunities for the Ralston area.

Landus Cooperative, one of North America's largest grain storage companies, is a farmer-owned agricultrual cooperative, headquartered in Ames, IA with approximately 7,000 member-owners.

10/13/16

On the evening of Wednesday, October 12th, Todd & Sargent received a 2016 ABC of Iowa Award of Excellence for our work on the Star of the West Milling Company flour mill in Willard, OH!  The yearly ABC of Iowa Excellence in Construction Gala was held at Prairie Meadows in Altoona, IA and recognizes the best in the industry. The Gala began with remarks by United States Senator Chuck Grassley about the importance of careers in construction and federal issues affecting the construction industry.

The twelfth largest flour miller in the US, Star of the West Milling Company is headquartered in Frankenmuth, MI. They knew that they needed to expand their flour milling operations to support rapidly growing customer demand. Star of the West partnered with Todd & Sargent, Inc. to construct this very impressive facility in Willard, OH. The flour mill is capable of producing one million pounds of flour per day milling soft winter red wheat. Along with the flour mill, this project also features wheat storage, truck receiving and state-of-the-art mill equipment.

06/14/16

From July 2015 to February 2016, the Salvation Army's food pantry served 119 families that had never been to the pantry before.  A person can get food from a pantry once a month, but it only lasts 2-3 days.  For the first time in five years, the need is growing in Story County. 

More than one in four children in Story County is eligible to receive free/reduced lunch.  When summer break starts, these children will not have access to school-provided meals.  The need for food at local food pantries is always greater during the summer months.  From April 25th through May 5th, United Way of Story County held their 8th annual LIVE UNITED Food Drive to combat the need.

Todd & Sargent employees contributing to this drive and donated 46 pounds plus a cash donation to United Way.  The East Ames area businesses contributed over 1,000 pounds of food/product and over $1,300 in cash donations total!

You can read more about the LIVE UNITED Food Drive here.

05/12/16

The T&S Safety Committee is proud to announce the following inductees into the T&S President’s Safety Club. The club consists of T&S field employees who have worked five consecutive calendar years without a safety incident. Members receive a custom T&S belt buckle and hard hat sticker identifying them as part of the club and are acknowledged in the Can Do Review as well as on a plaque that hangs at T&S headquarters.

We are very proud of the safety accomplishments of each of the employees below:

Ismael Acosta-Martinez

Tom Alexander

Diego Avitia

Elvin Barrera

James Beck

Dana Black

Roberto Blanco

Eric Butler

John Deepe

Joaquin Dominguez-Monroy

Rick Dorrel

Randy Durby

Jesus Garcia

Epifanio Gudino

Fidel Gudino

Eliseo Gudino-Maqueda

Martin Gudino-Maqueda

Randy Hullinger

Merlin Lopez-Nunez

Juan Manuel Lopez-Perez

Dale Mittlieder

Efrain Perez-Escobar

David Ramirez

Sam Ramos

Juan Pablo Ruiz-Cano

Scott Schoba

Russell Shady

Robby Shell

James Stewart

Dennis Taggart

Mike Taggart

Jose Tello-Rosas

Scott Tessum

Jorge Ugalde-Uribe

Reynaldo Velasquez

01/08/16

Todd & Sargent announces the retirement of Philip B. Sargent, Senior Vice President. Phil started working part time in 1959 and in 1976 was hired full time. After over 40 years, Phil retired on December 31, 2015.

While working part time during his junior high and high school years for his dad, Warren B. Sargent, Phil performed many duties in the Todd & Sargent warehouse and office from cleaning to payroll. In 1964, he worked with the construction crew building the new T&S warehouse at the Ames office on Arrasmith Trail and in 1965 building the wood cribbed grain elevator in Napier, Iowa. During his college years at Iowa State University, Phil began working in the Todd & Sargent drafting department. He was elected to the board of directors in 1969.

After graduating from Iowa State University, Phil worked as a Grain Merchandiser for Cargill, Inc. for five years. He returned to Todd & Sargent in 1976 as a programmer in the computer department under the direction of his brother Dan Sargent. The computer department did custom computer programming for both Todd & Sargent and outside clients until 1978 when the department was dissolved. In 1978, Phil became President and General Manager for PMI. PMI was a subsidiary of Todd & Sargent which provided maintenance and manlift services to the grain and feed industry.

Warren B. Sargent, President and CEO, reorganized the company in 1981 and developed three departments: Marketing & Product Development, Operations, and Administration (including Safety). Phil became the Vice President of Administration. In 1983, Phil was promoted to Executive Vice President of Todd & Sargent. He was responsible for development, implementation, and management of overall corporate goals, strategies, and policies along with corporate banking, bonding, legal, insurance, and risk management programs. In 1985 he also served as President of Todd & Sargent, Canada, LTD and managed over 19 projects. A few of those projects were built for Cargill Nutrena, Aurora Cooperative, Manitoba Pool Elevators, and Cargill Limited. From January 2014 until his retirement, Phil held the position of Senior Vice President and Vice Chairman of The Sargent Group, Inc. Board of Directors. Phil will remain a member of the board of directors.

Phil and wife Susan live in Ames where they raised their three children. Future plans include spending more time with their children and grandchildren and enjoying the mountains at their Colorado home. Their family includes son Jon Sargent of Ames; daughter Jennifer Peckham and husband John of Salina, Kansas; daughter Lindsay Abt and husband Dan of Maitland, Florida; and four grandchildren. Please join us in wishing Phil all the best in his retirement!

10/30/15

Todd & Sargent received an ABC of Iowa Award of Excellence in Construction eagle for the Horizon Milling/Ardent Mills flour mill expansion project in Saginaw, TX.  This is the top award in it's category.  ABC is an organization that promotes and defends the merit shop philosophy, which encourages open competition and a free-enterprise approach to construction.  T&S was one of the original members of ABC of Iowa in the 1970s.
In May, 2014, ConAgra Mills and Horizon Milling, a Cargill-CHS joint venture combined to form Ardent Mills.  Ardent Mills includes 40 flour mills, three bakery mix facilities, and a specialty bakery, located in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico with headquarters in Denver, CO.
This renovation included the replacement of two existing hard wheat milling units with two new, state-of-the-art units, which increased milling efficiencies and capabilities.  It also invoived demolition, moving existing facilities on the site, addition of new cleaning house equipment, and a new process building.  The project greatly increased flour, temper, and wheat midds storage for Ardent Mills.  This mill helps serve the Dallas-Fort Worth area, a rapidly growing market in the Southwest.
A big thank you to our office and field staff for their hard work on this project!

09/14/15

On Friday, September 11th, a group of Todd & Sargent, Inc. employees volunteered for the United Way of Story County Day of Caring.  Day of Caring is held annually, typically the Friday after Labor Day.
Our group was paired with UWSC partner agency Good Neighbor Emergency Assistance.  We worked on installing new signage in front of the building as well as washing interior and exterior office windows. 
It was a beautiful day in Story County!  Over 600 volunteers participated in Day of Caring, completing 55 projects at 33 different agencies and totaling more that 2,300 volunteer hours.
We enjoyed the afternoon volunteering at Good Neighbor and plan to assist again in the future.  You can view photos of volunteers at various Day of Caring projects here.

08/24/15

Todd & Sargent, Inc. client Whtewater Mill, LLC recently started operating their new flour mill in West Harrison, IN.  This joint venture between Siemer Milling Co. and H. Nagel & Son is considered the most modern flour mill in the world today!  They celebrated with an open house, mill tours, guest speakers and a reception on April 17, 2015.
Instead of expanding existing Siemer mills in Teutopolis, IL or Hopkinsville, KY, they decided that the logistics of supply and demand made a new mill more cost-effective. They will source their wheat from within 150 miles in Ohio, Indiana and Kentucky.  This new mill already employees 27 and will reach 35 when they start running at full capacity.
Todd & Sargent, Inc., along with equipment manufacturer Bühler, installed high-end milling equipment throughout the mill that grinds 23,000 bushels of soft red winter wheat a day, focusing on efficiency and safety.  This equates to seven million bushels per year while planning on increasing that number in the future.
More information on the new mill and the new technology used can be found in this Baking Business article.

06/03/15

West Central® Cooperative announced plans for a $27 million expansion project at their existing facility in Ralston, IA.  WCC is a farmer owned cooperative and one of the twenty largest grain companies in North America.  First incoporated in 1933, they now feature 28 facilities in the Western half of Iowa, one of the largest areas of crop production in the country.
Todd & Sargent is looking forward to working on this multi-year expansion project which will increase soybean processing capacity by 50 percent along with additional grain storage.  At full capacity, the expansion would create demand for an additional six million bushels of soybeans each year and create at least 11 full-time jobs. The expansion will produce SoyPlus® (just like at the existing facility), an industry-leading high bypass protein dairy feed ingredient used across the world. 
Read more about the WCC expansion here.
 

05/25/15

Todd & Sargent, Inc. is excited to announce work on an expansion project for Rahr Corporation in Shakopee, MN.  Rahr was founded in 1847 in Wisconsin and the existing facility in Shakopee was built in 1935.  Today there are five malt houses in that location.  Rahr is already the second-largest single site malting facility, and with completion of the sixth malt house, it will be the largest.  
Due to growth of the craft beer industry, Rahr says that this expansion is necessary to keep up with demand.  This new addition will create a 115,000 square foot malt house which will create 460,000 metric tons of malting capacity, enough to brew 6 billion bottles of craft beer or 12 billion cans of light beer!
Read more about Malt House #6 expansion here.

12/05/14

Todd & Sargent was happy to contribute and volunteer for the Habitat for Humanity of Central Iowa project to build a wheelchair accessible duplex for Shelley Jaspering and Jason Cantonwine of Ames, IA! 
 
With the direction and help of ABC of Iowa, several members contributed money, materials and labor to successfully complete this project for Shelley and Jason.  They both had trouble in their past homes using wheelchairs.  With lower countertops, raised outlets, zero-entry wider doorways and bigger bathrooms in the new duplex, these residents can now move around in their homes more easily and feel more independent.
 
Shelley & Jason celebrated with an open house on Sunday, November 23rd and were official first time homeowners on Monday, November 25th!  Congratulations!
 
You can view more pictures and see a timeline of the project here.

10/31/14

Todd & Sargent is pleased to announce that we have been recognized for our work on the Archer Daniels Midland Company - Beech Grove flour mill expansion. Pictured is the 2014 ABC of Iowa Award of Excellence that T&S received at the awards gala at Prairie Meadows on Thursday, October 30th.
 
This 30,000 square foot expansion makes the Indianapolis area flour mill the third largest in the nation! Special thanks to Superintendent Scott Tessum, General Foreman Tom Alexander, General Foreman Ricky Roque and crews for their hard work on this project. 
 
We are proud to have partnered with ADM and Buhler on this successful merit shop project, as well as utilizing many ABC members.  T&S employees also worked 111,000+ man hours with no recordable injuries.
 
Click here to read Feed & Grain Magazine's article "Hidden Giant" - this project made the front page of August/September issue!

05/21/14

Todd & Sargent recently unveiled a new look for our company! The changes include a new logo, website, tradeshow booth, company apparel, and more. Our new logo represents the structures we design and build, as well as our progression toward the future. Our new website has a great projects module to showcase the work we do, and also includes a timeline of our company’s history. At our rebranding rollout event, employees received jackets, shirts, hats, and drafting pencils all displaying our new logo. We’re excited to show off our brand new look - we hope you like it.

You may also notice that the Can Do Review has a very different feel as well. Since 1977, Todd & Sargent has published the “Can Do” Review as a way to keep our employees, families, clients, and industry partners informed about what our company is currently building. The newsletter’s name came from Warren Sargent’s philosophy that as a company we Can Do anything we set our mind to, and the slogan has stuck ever since. We’ve updated our newsletter to reflect our new brand and feature both our projects and our people that make us so successful.  Click on the "CAN DO" tab on our website to see the new look of our newsletter, or click here.

 

Photo (From Left to Right):

Front row: Michelle Sime, Vickie Ayers, Cindy Kennedy, Shea Nelson, Cora Griffen, Kathy Carlson, Stephanie Taylor, Justin Cooper, Clifton Bolton

Second row: Cathy Simmons, Bryan Coussens, Doris Wheelock, Matt Palan, Jim Marshek, Mike Evans, Mark Schemmel, Robert Clark, Clint Steele, Phil Sargent, Jon Sargent, Mike Johannes, Mike Baumhover, Josh Schneider, Paul Sondgeroth, Paul Noelck, Mike Willman

Third row: Russ Long, Ryan Rock, Jeff Moyer, Chris Crum, Rick Knoll, Pat Taggart, David Thies, Mike Anderson, Mike Leners, Jerry Murphy, Pete Clausen, Kevin Baumhover, Alex Kerrigan, Bill Bokhoven, Wayne Henderson

Not pictured: Lee Sargent, Kyle Greenwood, David Gravlin, Tom Poggensee, Ed Jones, Gerald Luedtke, Everett Shaw, Jeff Starnes, Dianne Ennis, Jessica Taggart, Justin Strahan, Craig Sondgeroth, Scott Schoba

01/31/14

Todd & Sargent would like to congratulate Whitewater Mill LLC on the groundbreaking of its new 10,000 hundredweight flour mill in West Harrison, IN. This project is a joint venture between Seimer Milling Company, a long-time client of Todd & Sargent, and Hy. Nagel & Son. Todd & Sargent is pleased to have been awarded the engineering and construction contract for the project and is excited to work with these two great companies. Processing equipment for the facility will be provided by flour milling expert Buhler, Inc. Field crews started construction in late 2013, and project completion is scheduled for Spring 2015.

For more information on this exciting project please read this article from World Grain.

01/15/14

Sanderson Farms of Laurel, Mississippi has awarded Todd & Sargent the contract to engineer and construct their new poultry feedmill in Oakwood, Texas. Sanderson Farms is the third largest fully integrated poultry producer in the United States. This new mill will feature the following:
Two Receiving Systems

  • Rail receiving rated at 45,000 BPH
  • Truck receiving rated at 14,000 CFH/280 TPH

Ingredient Storage Bins

  • 19 ingredient bins to mixer - 3,900 tons
  • 4 pellet mill surge bins - 290 tons
  • 22 bulk loadout bins - 3,000 tons (dual driveways)

Whole Grain Storage - 600,000 bushel capacity

Soybean Meal Storage - 8,400 tons

Batching - 216 TPH capacity

  • One 12-ton mixer
  • One 20-bin micro ingredient system

Pelleting - 180 TPH

  • Two pellet lines each providing 90 TPH
  • Two pellet mills, each with dual conditioners, horizontal coolers, and a crumbler.

Support Systems

  • Complete electrical, plant automation, and mechanical installation

This will be the sixth feedmill that Todd & Sargent has built for Sanderson Farms. Other facilities are in McComb, Mississippi; Adel, Georgia; Collins, Mississippi; Easterly, Texas; and Kinston, North Carolina. Dennis Taggart is the Superintendent on this project.

12/12/13

During the United Way of Story County’s annual campaign celebration on December 12th, 2013, Todd & Sargent was awarded a “Live United Campaign Award”. These awards are given to businesses that have met one or more of the following criteria: consistent, significant campaign contributions; new and significant campaign effort; special efforts to make the overall campaign successful. Todd & Sargent office and field employees donated over $16,000 to the campaign in 2013, which was contributed by cash, payroll deduction, and through special company activities. Along with campaign efforts, Todd & Sargent is also proud to lend its conference room to United Way for the group’s annual Loaned Executive training program. Todd & Sargent and United Way share long history, all the way back to Warren Sargent serving as Campaign Chair in 1978. Congratulations to United Way of Story County for raising over $1.9 million in 2013!

11/12/13

Todd & Sargent, Inc. received a prestigious construction award from Associated Builders and Contractors of Iowa during the association’s annual Excellence in Construction banquet held recently in West Des Moines.

Todd & Sargent, Inc. was recognized with a 2013 Award of Excellence in the General Construction – Industrial & Public Works/Environmental $5 Million - $20 Million Category. The award was presented based on the company’s work on the Seaboard Foods New Feedmill – Holyoke, Colorado. Todd & Sargent, Inc. was the architect/engineer for this project. Criteria for the award included complexity of the project, attractiveness, unusual challenges, innovation, safety, and budget compliance.

“This project is an example of the innovation and commitment to outstanding craftsmanship that embody merit shop construction. The superior workmanship illustrates the high level of quality produced by merit shop contractors,” said ABC of Iowa President and CEO Greg Spenner.

Associated Builders and Contractors (ABC) of Iowa is a state-wide trade association representing 450 members from construction and industry-related firms. Founded on the merit shop philosophy, ABC of Iowa and its members develop people, win work and deliver that work safely, ethically, profitably and for the betterment of the communities in which ABC of Iowa and its members work. Visit ABC online at www.abciowa.org

06/23/13

Todd & Sargent would like to congratulate Agrex, Inc. on the groundbreaking of its new shuttle train loading facility in Laurel, NE. "It's been exciting to see this project go from an idea on paper to something you can physically see," said Laurel Mayor, Mark Patefield.

Todd & Sargent is pleased to have been awarded the engineering and construction contract for the project and is excited to work with Agrex on another successful project. Field crews started construction in on the facility in mid-2013, and project completion is scheduled for Summer 2014.

For more information on this exciting project please read this article from Farm Progress.