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ABOUT US

The Buffalo Creek Mills Story

Buffalo Creek Mills was born from the desire to make a positive impact within the community of Altona, Manitoba, serving its local producers and customers. Not only do we know the oat farmers in the area, but we have developed and fostered relationships with many local and national buyers as well.

To this day, we are in the thick of oat production. We continuously get to know all our local oat producers—the ins and outs of their processes, the exact specifications of what they need, or simply how their day is going. Today, we have extended our lines of communication to various international food producers around the world, able to ensure their specific food needs are met. With our state-of-the-art facility, we have the flexibility to customize our stabilized oats to whatever specifications they may need.

Behind all the oat products that sit on the shelves of your local grocery, there are the people that made it all possible. That’s why when you work with Buffalo Creek Mills, you’re more than just a customer; you’re our partner. We serve you in whatever way we can. Buffalo Creek Mills prides itself on being able to deliver customized yet consistent oats, and as part of our process, we make sure to establish a working partnership with you.

These collaborative relationships have been the focus of Buffalo Creek Mills since the beginning and continue to define how we do business.

The Buffalo Creek Mills Story

Buffalo Creek Mills in Altona, Manitoba, was founded to benefit its community by supporting local producers and customers. We have strong ties with oat farmers in the area and maintain relationships with local and national buyers.

Our expertise in oat production allows us to cater to specific needs, from local producers to international food companies. Through our facility, we can customize stabilized oats to meet your exact specifications.

Partnering with Buffalo Creek Mills means more than just being a customer; it’s a collaborative relationship focused on delivering tailored yet consistent oats.

OUR VALUES

From day one Buffalo Creek has held these four core values. The food we make is good and we take no shortcuts in doing so along the way. We’re proud of what we believe in.

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Life is better with friends

Every workday is an opportunity to build a positive relationship that is treasured and long-lasting, which is why we partner with the people we do.

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Our food is good food

The only food we make is the food we’d be proud to serve to our friends.

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Hands are made for helping

We enjoy working hard together, but more importantly, we enjoy working for each other.

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Community is important

We are part of a community that cares for each other, that works together to build a brighter tomorrow.

Key Team Members

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Ron Opocensky

Oat Purchaser

As the Oat Purchaser, Ron brings over 25 years of grain buying experience, industry knowledge, and strong producer relationships. He handles raw oat procurement, byproduct sales, and truck scheduling, playing a crucial role in maintaining a high-quality and reliable oat supply for our operations.

Mike Friesen

Quality Assurance Manager

As Quality Assurance Manager, Mike ensures the company's adherence to Food Safety practices and certifications. He oversees quality control processes, develops and implements systems, conducts audits, and addresses regulatory compliance. Mike also monitors product quality and handles customer complaints and issues.

Sam Winkler

Corporate Controller

As our Corporate Controller, Sam oversees the company's financial health, ensures compliance with accounting principles and regulations, identifies internal controls, manages budgeting and forecasting, analyzes financial data, and provides strategic insights. He also handles daily economic activities, accounts payable, and receivable, playing a vital role in optimizing financial performance.

Phil Carriere

Director of Operations

With over 25 years of experience in the food industry, Phil is responsible for overlooking the entirety of Buffalo Creek Mills operations. This includes the management of our raw grain, milling, packaging, warehousing, shipping, and maintenance departments. Phil takes pride in his ability to cultivate and guide high-performance teams, aiming to not only meet but surpass daily production targets.

John Scarcella

Director of Sales & Purchasing

As our Director of Sales and Purchasing at Buffalo Creek Mills, John plays a crucial role in ensuring that our finished products receive the necessary exposure in required markets. He works closely with customers to meet their quality standards and expectations.

Meaghan Fehr

Director of People, Process and Marketing

As the Director of People, Process, and Marketing, Meaghan optimizes operations, fostering a culture of growth and collaboration in Human Resources. She spearheads process efficiency and industry best practices while strengthening our brand identity through strategic marketing. Her focus remains on driving continuous improvement and contributing to long-term company growth.

Ignacio Ledesma

Sales Representative

Ignacio plays a crucial role as the Sales Representative for Buffalo Creek Mills, where he excels in nurturing meaningful customer relationships and stands as the key point of contact for the company. In his capacity as our Sales Representative, Ignacio actively engages with customers throughout the sales process, addressing inquiries and offering detailed product information.

Key Team Members

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Meaghan Fehr

Director of People, Process & Marketing

As the Director of People, Process, and Marketing, Meaghan optimizes operations, fostering a culture of growth and collaboration in Human Resources. She spearheads process efficiency and industry best practices while strengthening our brand identity through strategic marketing. Her focus remains on driving continuous improvement and contributing to long-term company growth.

John Scarcella

Director of Sales & Purchasing

As our Director of Sales and Purchasing at Buffalo Creek Mills, John plays a crucial role in ensuring that our finished products receive the necessary exposure in required markets. He works closely with customers to meet their quality standards and expectations.

Igancio Ledesma

Sales Representative

Ignacio plays a crucial role as the Sales Representative for Buffalo Creek Mills, where he excels in nurturing meaningful customer relationships and stands as the key point of contact for the company. In his capacity as our Sales Representative, Ignacio actively engages with customers throughout the sales process, addressing inquiries and offering detailed product information.

Ron Opocensky

Oat Purchaser

As the Oat Purchaser, Ron brings over 25 years of grain buying experience, industry knowledge, and strong producer relationships. He handles raw oat procurement, byproduct sales, and truck scheduling, playing a crucial role in maintaining a high-quality and reliable oat supply for our operations.

Phil Cariere

Director of Operations

With over 25 years of experience in the food industry, Phil is responsible for overlooking the entirety of Buffalo Creek Mills operations. This includes the management of our raw grain, milling, packaging, warehousing, shipping, and maintenance departments. Phil takes pride in his ability to cultivate and guide high-performance teams, aiming to not only meet but surpass daily production targets.

Mike Friesen

Quality Assurance Manager

As Quality Assurance Manager, Mike ensures the company’s adherence to Food Safety practices and certifications. He oversees quality control processes, develops and implements systems, conducts audits, and addresses regulatory compliance. Mike also monitors product quality and handles customer complaints and issues.

Sam Winkler

Corporate Controller

As our Corporate Controller, Sam oversees the company’s financial health, ensures compliance with accounting principles and regulations, identifies internal controls, manages budgeting and forecasting, analyzes financial data, and provides strategic insights. He also handles daily economic activities, accounts payable, and receivable, playing a vital role in optimizing financial performance.