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Montana Ag Network: Pardue Grain expands to take on pulse crop processing

Posted at 8:30 AM, Aug 16, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-22 09:24:47-04

Pardue Grain was founded in Glacier County in 1959 with a partnership between Art Pardue and Herb Sammons.

By 1964, Pardue Grain had grown to 285,000 bushels of storage and a railway spur.

Herb Sammons purchased Art Pardue’s interest in the plant in 1970, setting the stage for further growth over the next three decades.

Until recently, Pardue Gain has been essentially a storage facility, keeping primarily government wheat and waxy barley.

The volume of waxy barley increased drastically in the late 2000’s, causing the company to expand its storage facilities.

The warehouse built to store 220,000 bushels of waxy barley is now what is being used to house the new pulse crop processing machinery.

The company began purchasing equipment to support the needs of pulse crop processing in 2016.

Upon completion of the new facilities, Pardue Grain will be able to process a variety of different pulse crops including lentils, chickpeas, and both yellow and green peas.

Pardue Grain will be able to process unique requests such as crop length separation, color sorting, destoning, sizing, and custom product bagging.

The company is on track to open its new facilities by the end of October and the expansion is anticipated to create around 15 new jobs in Glacier County.

Pardue Grain is located 11 miles west of Cut Bank at 64 Pardue Road.

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