Seen from a drone, Ardent Mills’ Culpeper plant, which sits near U.S. 29 and State Route 3, has been milling flour for half a century. Mount Pony lies in the distance, eastward.
Tractor-trailers wait to deliver wheat to the Culpeper mill’s grain silos, where they are weighed, and a probe (center left) takes a sample of their grain to test its quality. Meanwhile, railcars (at right) unload hard wheat harvested farther west.
Though isolated when built in 1970, the Culpeper mill now has businesses and subdivisions crowding around it. Cabinetmaker Merillat is on the mill's far side, and Highpoint subdivision may be seen on the right.
Grain, seen through a viewing window (right), is processed through a row of rollstands at Ardent Mills in Culpeper. The machines break down wheat kernels to a consistency determined by the miller.
Plant manager Ryan Gehringer gives a tour of Ardent Mills in Culpeper, Va. on Friday, Aug. 28, 2020.
An AT-6 Texan passes over Ardent Mills' elevators and the town of Culpeper's Magnolia Green and Highpoint subdivisions on a warmup flight in September for the Arsenal of Democracy Flyover in Washington, D.C., which had to be cancelled due to bad weather.
Culpeper's Ardent facility, with Mount Pony in the distance, sits near the intersection of Rt. 29 and Germanna Highway. It has been milling flour for half a century.
Ordered pizza lately or devoured ramen noodles? If so, you’ve strengthened a Culpeper business that’s been around for half a century.
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