Bill Grimes Daily News
Effingham Daily News
---- — TEUTOPOLIS — The president of Siemer Milling Co. said groundbreaking on a new administrative office building symbolizes the company’s long-standing commitment to Teutopolis.
“We hope this sets the pace for the community,” said company president Rick Siemer. “We’re very proud of our business success and this reinvestment is needed to keep that spirit alive.”
Siemer said the company’s administrative staff will be in the same building for the first time in more than 50 years once the new building is completed in the next few months. It will be located at 111 W. Main St., just west of the company’s current administrative offices, on ground that has a long history of successful businesses, including Brumleve harness and hardware store (now Brumleve Industries), Dew Drop Inn and — more recently — Daddy Rabbit’s tavern.
“There have been businesses on this block since the 1880s,” Siemer said.
Siemer said the old administrative building was not optimal for the proliferation of technology that modern businesses need to properly function.
“Office technologies have changed a lot and that building was not set up for modern office technologies,” he said. “It just made more sense to have a new building.”
Siemer said the new building will have an open layout.
“Nobody will have four walls and a door,” he said. “I think that fits the very collegial way in which we work.”
Siemer Milling has been a fixture in the Teutopolis community since Nov. 6, 1882, when members of the Uptmor and Siemer families established Hope Mills. Joseph Siemer and son Clemens J. Siemer bought out the Uptmor interests in 1906 and gave the business its current name.
While the company is perhaps best known for providing flour used in snack foods, the company’s plants in Teutopolis and Hopkinsville, Ky., also produce flour for a number of non-food applications.
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