LAKEVILLE, Minn. (Nov. 16, 2021) – Post Consumer Brands today announced that it is donating 30 acres of land in Northfield, Minnesota, to St. Olaf College. The land, which is located at 1550 Industrial Drive along the far west side of the company’s north and south distribution centers, will be used for research as part of the school’s environmental studies program and will remain open to the public for hiking and other recreational activities.
Post Consumer Brands has been a part of the Northfield community for nearly 95 years, since moving production of its original Malt-O-Meal hot cereal to the city in 1927. Over the years, the company has grown with the community and today employs more than 600 team members across two manufacturing plants, the Campbell Mill and Ames Mill, and two distribution centers in the area.
As neighbors, Post Consumer Brands and St. Olaf College have a longstanding relationship, and the land donation opportunity was identified jointly by both teams while evaluating their future operational plans.
“This was an excellent opportunity for St. Olaf College, the city of Northfield and our team here in Northfield to make the best use of the land and further improve our community,” said Henry Albers, Post Consumer Brands manufacturing manager at Campbell Mill. “We’re looking forward to seeing how St. Olaf students and city residents use the space, both academically and recreationally.”
“We look forward to using this area as part of our educational program at St. Olaf. In addition to providing the opportunity to study and manage local forest and stream ecosystems, this beautiful area will serve as a space for exercise and spiritual and emotional renewal,” said Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Kathy Shea, who oversaw the St. Olaf Natural Lands for many years, and Professor of Biology and Environmental Studies Charles Umbanhowar, the current director of the St. Olaf Natural Lands.
St. Olaf College will begin efforts to restore and enhance the land in the coming year. Students will use the area for conservation studies and research, contributing to a broader understanding of the local ecosystem.
The public hiking trails that currently run through the property will continue to be maintained for local residents and visitors to enjoy.
ABOUT ST. OLAF COLLEGE
Founded in 1874 by Norwegian Lutheran immigrants, St. Olaf College is a nationally ranked liberal arts college of the ELCA located in Northfield, Minnesota. With an enrollment of approximately 3,000, the college’s mission is to challenge students to excel in liberal arts, examine faith and values, and explore meaningful vocation in an inclusive, globally engaged community nourished by Lutheran tradition. To learn more about St. Olaf College and its environmental studies program, visit https://wp.stolaf.edu.
ABOUT POST CONSUMER BRANDS
Post Consumer Brands is a business unit of Post Holdings Inc., formed from the combination of Post Foods and MOM Brands in May 2015. Headquartered in Lakeville, Minnesota, Post Consumer Brands today is the third-largest cereal company in the United States, with a broad portfolio of products spanning all segments of the category – from iconic household name brands and value ready-to-eat cereals to natural, organic and hot cereal varieties. As a company committed to high standards of quality and to our values, we are driven by one idea: To make better happen every day. For more information about our brands, visit www.postconsumerbrands.com.
The company’s two Northfield, Minnesota, facilities produce more than 45 different varieties of cereal, including a wide variety of Post and Malt-O-Meal cereals and hot cereal products such as Farina Mills and CoCo Wheats, that are enjoyed by families across the United States every day.