For Immediate Release
August 26, 2015
Agspring Announces Hire of Industry Veterans
Leawood, KS — August 26, 2015 — Agspring announces the recent hiring of three industry veterans in its growing organization. Chris Cairo is leading the Firebird Artisan Mills team as Vice President, Don Franke has been named Firebird Plant Manager and Jeff Siewert has taken on the role of Financial Controller at Agspring. Firebird Artisan Mills, based in Harvey, N.D., is a subsidiary of Agspring focused on supplying specialized food ingredients to the consumer packaged goods industry.
“The depth of industry knowledge and leadership expertise these three individuals bring to the organization is immense,” said Brad Clark, President of Agspring. “We’re committed to continue building an exceptional team with entrepreneurial vision that will help us grow into new markets and benefit our customers and industry partners.”
Cairo brings his extensive management and marketing skills to his new role in leading the Firebird team. Previously, Cairo was with Scoular Company where he led marketing, account development and the growth of the co-packing business. With 40 years of industry experience, Cairo has a wide-ranging background in sourcing, export and energy sectors, which includes nearly two decades with Continental Grain.
Franke assumed the role of Firebird Plant Manager in June. With more than 30 years of flour milling management experience with companies such as Seaboard Corporation, Milner Milling and Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), Franke has invaluable knowledge and leadership strengths.
As a Financial Controller for Agspring, Siewert brings valuable financial and leadership capabilities gained in a 34-year career at General Mills where he held a variety of corporate and supply chain financial roles. Siewert’s diverse financial background included time in grain operations where he developed a deep understanding of grain markets.
About Firebird Artisan Mills
Firebird Artisan Mills, based in Harvey, N.D., supplies specialized food ingredients to the consumer packaged goods industry. Firebird Artisan Mills holds a number of certifications including International Certification Services Gluten-Free and NOP Organic, USDA Organic, European Union Organic Standard, Japan Organic, British Retail Consortium (BRC) and Blue Ribbon Kosher.
Agspring combines entrepreneurial teams, essential agriculture supply chains, and superior capital partners for global success feeding our changing world. Deep equity and credit relationships provide Agspring a solid platform for capital improvement and expansion. Agspring maintains decentralized operations and puts leadership teams in place who desire to grow into new markets including grains and oilseeds; livestock feed ingredients; and consumer food ingredients.
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