Floods Close Two Ardent Mills' Illinois Flour Mills

Two Illinois flour mills near the Mississippi River and operated by Ardent Mills were shuttered because of flooding this week, the company said Wednesday.

Ardent, the largest U.S. flour miller operated jointly by Cargill Inc., ConAgra Foods Inc. and CHS Inc., said the mills in Chester and Alton will remain closed "until the waters recede," a company spokeswoman said in a statement.

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