The new Deseret Mill and Pasta plant, 20 miles north of Salt Lake City, Utah, was dedicated Thursday, February 26, 2015. It is a food production facility to provide some of the basic staples of life to those in need. Another important benefit, said Bishop Gérald Caussé, first counselor in the Presiding Bishopric of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, is the opportunity for members of the Church and others to provide service.
“This is a state-of-the-art facility,” said Bishop Caussé. He said the 85,000 square-foot building is also a place where people can volunteer to give service.
The mill and site with the familiar landmark white grain silos, located west of the I-15 freeway in Kaysville, were purchased by the Church in 1942. Modifications and upgrades were made to the mill in 1982, and in 2009 a family home storage section was included so families could package their own food under supervision.
Construction on the pasta plant was completed last year. This is the third location for a Church pasta plant, as it began in Salt Lake City in 1963 and then was relocated to Kearns, on the west side of the Salt Lake Valley, in 1978.
The mill and pasta plant produce white and whole wheat flour, cake mix, gravy mix, potato pearls, granola, hot cereal, rolled oats, ice and pinto beans. On the pasta side, the large pasta-making machine was purchased from Fava, an Italian company, to produce spaghetti, macaroni and cheese and ribbon pasta.
The mill and pasta plant produce wonderful food that people enjoy, said Andrew Seelos, president of the Kaysville Central Stake (similar to the size of a diocese). But this facility also builds people. “The good that really comes out of here is the service people provide.”
“It’s a unifying experience as you serve side by side together with people you love, knowing you’re doing something that blesses so many lives both locally and around the world.”
Joining Bishop Caussé, who dedicated the mill and pasta plant, were Sister Carole M. Stephens, second counselor in the Church’s Relief Society general presidency; Elder Gene R. Chidester of the Seventy; Elder Glen L. Rudd, emeritus general authority; Don J. Johnson, director of Welfare Production and Distribution; and other local Church and civic leaders.