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ANP still growing

By Staff | Mar 18, 2016

MARK SCHUETT, owner and founder of American Natural Processing, said he expects production to be underway in 2017 in the former Sioux Tools Inc. plant in Sioux City, which is in the process of renovation.

By JOLENE STEVENS

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SIOUX CITY – It is not perhaps without a bit of irony that a modern day innovator should choose to make a historic Sioux City manufacturing site home for his award-winning company’s most recent expansion project.

Such is the story, however, for Mark Schuett, president of American Natural Processing, responsible for the company’s growing number of operations.

Schuett’s wife, Julie, as well as the couple’s son-in-law and daughter have a role in the nationally and internationally known company, which started in 1990 at Hartley as the Schuetts started processing their own organic, non-GMO soybeans.

THIS CIRCA-1960s PHOTO shows ANP’s building when it was known as Sioux Tools.

Today ANP’s growing list of products includes a diverse line of organic and non-organic oils and powders for edible consumer products and livestock feeds. Modified algae oil and, more recently, flax and hemp, have merged into its overall production plans.

Schuett said the consumer side of the company’s product portfolio continues gaining attention at events like the Natural Products Expo West last week in Anaheim, California, showcasing more than 3,000 companies.

Visiting the former Sioux Tools site before leaving for the Anaheim show, Schuett pointed to its four-story structure where work was well underway with window and roof replacement.

“We’ll have production in there by 2017,” he said. “Things will look a lot different, but as for an exact date for completion, I’d have to say it’s open-ended at this point.”

This portion of the facility, Schuett said, will be used for production in some areas with the installation of special production equipment requiring considerable time. Other portions of the building will be used for packaging.

He said that at the present, it’s all too easy for him to get an idea he thinks worth trying and to start something new during the planning that can change an original concept.

An existing renovated building on the site will serve be used for additional storage.

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