Kansas City Plant
1001 Bedford Ave.
Kansas City, MO 64116
The National Starch North Kansas City (NKC) plant was built in 1923 as a glucose repackaging facility expanded as a corn wet milling facility in 1925 and purchased by National Starch in 1985. In the interim many plant upgrades have been instituted with major modernizations in 1964 and again in 1994 and 2004. The plant earned the ENERGY STAR in 2006 through a dramatic change in the byproduct drying operation.
The principle activities of the 66 acre plant is the wet milling of corn to produce starch, modifying that starch to create specialty food and industrial starches, and the packaging and shipment of products to customers and distribution sites. It is a focused factory on high volume established products using two grain types (waxy and regular). The facility is highly team oriented with lean staffing and incorporates modular installation concepts where applicable (e.g. all four flash dryers are exactly the same and in one building), resulting in one of the lowest cost facilities within the company.
National Starch has a corporate wide energy policy with specific energy metrics and targets for each location. Internal as well as external forums are regularly maintained to share energy efficiency learning's, benchmark results, and track progress. Short and long term "energy blitz's" are performed which include personnel from operations, engineering, equipment venders and consultants to periodically review energy usage and potential reductions.
The ENERGY STAR was earned in 2006 through a major modification in the processing of meal by-product resulting in a reduction of 1100 kBtu/ton starch produced. The 2006 total reduction in natural gas consumption amounted to 300,000 mmBTU.