California company to reopen Plainview’s Harvest Queen Mill

California company to reopen Plainview’s Harvest Queen Mill
The former Harvest Queen Mill in Plainview, set to reopen after being purchased by a California animal nutrition company. (Ryan Crowe/KCBD)

PLAINVIEW, TX (KCBD) - Seven years after shuttering, Plainview’s former Harvest Queen Mill will soon have new life breathed into it.

On Tuesday the City of Plainview announced a subsidiary of Stockton, California based Lawley’s Inc. had purchased the 112-year-old plant from Archer Daniels Midland.

The mill, first opened in 1907, produced a number of grains before closing in 2012. Its name has lived on from their longtime sponsorship of Wayland Baptist University’s women’s basketball team, the Flying Queens.

According to the release from the city, Lawley’s produces animal nutrition products.

“Plainview is an optimal location for our expansion, as an ag-friendly community whose culture aligns with the values of our company,” Casey Lawley, the company’s CEO said in the release.

According to the city, it will take six months for the plant to be brought back up to working order, and once it is, the plant will employ more than 20 workers.

“We want to welcome the Lawley Company to Plainview," Plainview/Hale County Economic Development Corporation director Mike Fox said in the release. “The capital invested and the new jobs created will be of great economic benefit to Plainview and Hale County,”


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