Ohio Department of Agriculture Director David Daniels visited D&D
Ingredients, Inc., west of Landeck on Wednesday as part of a statewide
effort to check in with his constituents.
provides nutritional feed ingredients which include trace mineral and
vitamin premixes that are used in the production of animal feeds for
dairy, swine, beef, poultry, pet and equine. Dairy feed makes up 60
percent of the business’s production.
D&D General Manager Ted
Williams led a tour of the facility, showing Director Daniels the
day-to-day operations. The company includes 500 acres under roof with up
to $8 million in inventory of product at any given time.
through the processing plant shows racks and racks of ingredients ready
to be mixed for customers. Vitamins, minerals and other additives lined
other shelves as tow motors moved pallets from room to room for
“D&D is the perfect example of what I tell people
about agriculture,” Daniels said. “Not everyone in agriculture sits on a
tractor or a planter. Agriculture is still a huge business in this
country and it touches everyone’s lives in ways they haven’t even
thought of from the clothes they wear to what they eat and more.”
generates $105 billion in economic activity and accounts for one of
every seven jobs in the U.S. D&D Ingredients started as a
mom-and-pop operation and has grown to employee nearly 100 between the
processing plant and transportation divisions.
More than 15,000
trucks enter and leave the property a year, usually traveling withing a
200-mile radius. Eight to 10 containers a week are shipped by rail which
travels through D&D’s property.
Last week, D&D shipped its first product to California, the farthest they have sent product in the United States.
thing we’ve been blessed with is good animal numbers.” Williams said.
“Ohio is very strong in dairy, swine and poultry [industries]. We are
located in the center of a three-state area that is strong in livestock
in livestock agriculture, so it was a fortunate place for the family to
start the business.”
D&D also relies on trade as Vitamin B is
the only vitamin produced in the Unites States. Other vitamins are
secured from other countries, mainly China.
“The ability to trade
over borders is very important, whether it’s incoming product or product
going out the other side,” Daniels said. “We are continuing to point
out that trade is the lifeblood of what we do.”
D&D is always
interested in new regulations concerning feed and additives. Daniels and
his office keep everyone in the loop administering numerous regulatory,
food safety and consumer protection programs for the benefit of all.
says his department’s main focus this year will be on water quality and
reducing the amount of phosphates that run off into waterways.
are working closely with farmers to find solutions to chemical run-off.
No one wants to see all their hard work and money wash away,” Daniels
Donald “Doc” and Dorothy Miller started D&D Grain in
September 1976 as an oats cleaning company to help support their large
family of seven children.
“Doc” purchased an oats cleaner
and began buying oats from local elevators and farmers. Once cleaned,
the oats were sold and shipped to Kentucky for racehorses. This allowed
the company to pick up distillers in Kentucky at whiskey distillers and
then deliver them to customers in Eastern Ohio. This led to picking up
feed grade salt from salt mines in Eastern Ohio, which was then packaged
into 50-pound bags. This began the process of adding additional
ingredients to feed manufacturers throughout the United States. To date,
D&D offers more than 500 products.
In January 1989, the
company changed its name to D&D Ingredient Distributors Inc., to
reflect that the business was dealing more in feed ingredients than
As of 2016, D&D has 320,000-plus-square feet of
warehouse space, in addition to 1,425 tons of overhead storage and 4,500
tons of flat storage for bulk materials. D&D has a staff of 100
D&D serves 26 states, with a major market of customers in Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee and Michigan, and 30 countries.