New leader appointed at Miller Milling
BLOOMINGTON, MINN. – Joe Girdner has been named president and chief executive officer of Miller Milling Co., effective Oct. 1. He will succeed Takuya Mitani, who returns to the Nisshin Seifun group in Japan.
Mr. Girdner has over 30 years of grain and transportation experience, the last 9 years with Rogers Foods Ltd. He was most recently President of Rogers Foods Ltd. since 2017 and will continue in this role after joining Miller Milling Co. Previously, he was Vice President of Logistics and Sourcing at Rogers Foods and worked as Project Manager for the mill expansion of Rogers Foods in Chilliwack, British Columbia.
“Miller Milling Co. is delighted to welcome Joe to our team,” the company said. “Joe has been a trusted colleague for many years at our sister company Rogers Foods and we look forward to continuing the success of Miller Milling under his leadership. Joe has a strong management team to work with at Miller Milling.
Founded in Minneapolis in 1985, Miller Milling began supplying durum wheat semolina to large customers through regional destination mills. In 2012, Miller Milling became part of Japan’s Nisshin Seifun Group.
Miller Milling operates five facilities in the United States and ranks fifth in the nation in daily flour production capacity at 86,600 cwts, according to Sosland Publishing Co. 2022 Grain & Milling Annual. Its largest factory is in Winchester, Virginia, which is the 10th largest factory in the country with a daily production capacity of 26,500 quintals.
Rogers Foods, a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Nisshin Flour Milling Inc., has flour mills in Armstrong and Chilliwack, British Columbia, which have a combined daily wheat flour production capacity of 13,600 quintals and a capacity of wheat storage of 420,000 buses.