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Everest, KS-Lifeline Foods, an entity of AgraMarke Inc. a farmer-owned, not-for-profit cooperative, has made a tentative agreement to purchase the Quaker Oats plant in northwest Missouri. The plant is scheduled to close next year. Lifeline Foods, which is based in Everest, KS, plans to mill flours made from corn, soybeans and wheat. Operations are expected to begin in June and the company will employ about 110 people. Terms of the sale were not disclosed.

The news is good for those in St. Joseph. When Quaker Oats announced last January that the plant would close next year, it was anticipated that 600 people would lose their jobs. AgraMarke Inc. was formed three years ago and has about 350 members in three states. AgraMarke officials said they hoped to employ some of the Quaker Oats employees.

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