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Wauneta Roller Mills cease flour production

WAUNETA, ONÉ. — Wauneta Roller Mills, Inc., which has been in business for nearly 100 years, announced plans to shut down production at its roller mill in Wauneta. The mill has a wheat flour capacity of 120 cwts and a storage capacity of 9,207 buses, according to the 2022 Grain & Milling Annual by Sosland Publishing Co.

“As small business owners, we face tough decisions daily,” Wauneta Roller Mills noted in a May 25 post on its Facebook page. “These decisions affect not only our company, our employees and our families, but also our communities. The decision to cease flour production at a mill that has operated steadily since 1925 is, arguably, our most difficult decision to date. This decision was not taken lightly or quickly, but it is necessary at this stage. While we understand that many will wonder why, we will simply say that the reasons are many. Some of these reasons are beyond our control and others we are working to resolve. Our hope is not to cease forever, but rather to take a break; a break to take a breather and come back stronger and better than ever.

“Thank you to everyone who has ever purchased Wauneta’s Finest Flour for themselves or a friend. Thank you to everyone who has shared your love for our flour through word of mouth. Thank you for seeing the mill through the good times and the bad. Thank you and farewell. For now.”