Milling in London Today

This is the sixth in an an ongoing series of short posts by Dave Burnett, who trained as a real-life miller, and who also plays the old miller, Kelmar, in The Miller and His Men.

Milling in London Today by Dave Burnett

London continues today to be a major Ontario milling centre, from the small flour mill at Arva (still water powered), to Kellogg’s and Casco, two of southern Ontario’s largest buyers of corn. Water power has been replaced by hydro. Mill stones have been replaced with hardened steel. Burlap sacks and sweat have been replaced with sophisticated conveyors, bulk storage and computerized automation. Today’s plants are extensively regulated by all levels of government, protecting both buyers’ and sellers’ interests. The only connection to the military today is the Cheerios served at the breakfast mess.


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