Mountaire buys Cartanza grain elevator near Dover


Mountaire Farms has purchased a grain storage facility in the Dover area.

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The purchase of the Cartanza Grain Facility, located on Little Creek Road will help Mountaire buy more local grain from Kent and New Castle County farmers. The elevator also offers local farmers more competition when it comes to selling their grain.

Built in 1977, the Cartanza facility has the capacity to store more than 1 million bushels of grain. It also has a grain dryer which is a key feature in buying grain.

“We are grateful to the Cartanza family for allowing us to continue the legacy they’ve built,” said Adam Downes, who oversees the Agri-Business Department of Mountaire Farms. “Buying local grain is important to us and maintaining those relationships that they have established through the years is going to be our number one goal.”

Mountaire Farms now owns 13 grain storage facilities on Delmarva: two in Virginia (Painter and Eastville), five in Maryland (Trappe, Queen Anne, Ridgely, Millington, and Westover) and now six in Delaware (Harrington, Townsend, Seaford, Frankford, Millsboro, and Dover).

“We are proud to be a part of agriculture on Delmarva and blessed to be able to continue to grow here” said Mountaire President Phillip Plylar. “Our Agri-Business team works very hard to provide the service our farmers require. We believe this helps set Mountaire apart as a company. We simply appreciate this new opportunity to earn business from more local farmers in the region.”

Mountaire Farms is an agricultural food processing company providing work for almost 10,000 people at facilities in Arkansas, Delaware, Maryland, Virginia, and North Carolina. For more information, visit

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