Committed to the best animal feed for three generations
The Cramer family has been involved in the agriculture industry since the 1920s. Olin Cramer owned a 3,000 chicken egg farm in Walnut, California where he made his own feed. Star Milling Co. was purchased over 40 years ago with a goal of producing bulk chicken feed for his own birds. We’ve come a long way, and now feed 2.5 million chickens, as well as horses, fish, hogs, rabbits, dogs, cats, livestock, and birds.
The Cramer family is proud of the tremendous growth and success of the company. Yet more fulfilling is that the animal feed mill still functions on the principles on which it was founded. Bill Cramer, president and owner of Star Milling, said, “It’s still family owned, with a personal commitment to quality and good manufacturing practices.”
Bill’s father, Richard, got his start in the egg business in the 1950s after graduating from college. In the 1960s he began producing feed for his own farms and other farms as well. In 1970, he bought Star Milling Co. in Perris, California. This modern commercial mill had been built about 8 years earlier and was in a great location where the family business could be relocated from the old mill in Anaheim.
Since 1970, the mill has continued to grow and diversify. In 1988, to expand their line, the extruder was put into place for the manufacturing of dog food, cat food, and commercial fish food. Many other additions to the mill have been made. They include new electrical and computer systems that increased automation and added storage in the form of large grain tanks for corn and warehouse additions for finished sack feed. A fully automated bagging system that uses a robot to palletize all the sacks was installed in 2002.
The animal feed mill continued to expand in 2013 to keep up with increasing demand. First, the extrusion system was upgraded to handle 20% more capacity. Later in the year, Star Milling acquired another feed facility in Southern California to ensure the infrastructure was in place for even greater expansion in the future.
In 2014, Star Milling was selected as a California Small Business of the Year by Assemblyman Medina for “serving the region for over 40 years” and “personal commitment to quality and good manufacturing practices.” In 2018, a Hamer-Fischbein Model 1800 RBH automatic bagging system and RPM Basic Robotic Palletizer were installed at the mill to significantly increase the quantity of animal feed production.
Star Milling has the equipment and the technical knowledge to produce a wide range of feeds for many species that other suppliers lack. It isn’t just the mill itself that produces the feed. The employees at Star Milling Co. are loyal, conscientious, and have a true concern for the customer.
Stacy has been involved in the agriculture industry since 1978. Stacy has enjoyed being a 4H leader in Riverside County and teaching the new generation about the care and feeding of animals. She has also been involved with CSHA Trail Trial Program and ACTHA American Competitive Trail Horse Association.
Stacy is currently an executive board member of Backcountry Horseman of California where she is working to help keep trails open to all stock users. She enjoys packing with her animals in the backcountry when she’s not at work.
Robin has been in the pet/feed since 1976. She managed a bird store in 1980 while she attended Cal Poly Pomona where she received her Bachelor’s degree in psychology.
She opened her own pet store and later went to work for a tropical fish wholesaler. She worked there for 13 years, selling fish to many Southern California pet stores. She has enjoyed working for Star Milling Company as a sales representative since 1995, and brings expertise in a wide variety of animals to the customers that she supports. Robin works with her sales team to bring innovation to the company.
Her favorite activity outside of work is to go on outings with her husband and two daughters.
Gary is Star Milling’s Sales Representative, covering the Arizona territory. He is a native of Arizona, born in Prescott, and has lived in many parts of the state.
Gary has always had ties to the agricultural way of life and enjoys the lifestyle. He was a member of the Prescott FFA Chapter where he held the offices of both Sentinel and President and learned about range management. Gary is a very active member of his community and is on the board of the 4H/FFA EXPO, Chamber of Commerce, Rotary, and Fire District Board of Governors.
His “herd” these days is made up of horses, cattle, dogs, and cats. In his off time, he and his family enjoy getting outdoors to explore and do some hunting, shooting, and camping.
Aquaculture Feed Sales Representative
Iva has been employed with Star Milling Co. since 2002 as the Aquaculture Feed Sales Representative for both commercial food fish farms and private pond and lake owners. In that role, Iva provides nutritional services to a wide variety of fish farms, including Catfish, Tilapia, Bass, Koi, Goldfish, and other ornamental type fish.
Iva is a director with the California Aquaculture Association, an association Star Milling Co. proudly sponsors and supports. Iva’s love of animals has involved her in a wide range of activities related to livestock including animal husbandry, feed nutrition, and the manufacturing of quality feeds over the years.
Since she was 19 years old, Sherry has shown horses in nine different events – her favorites being Reining, Working Cow Horse, and Cutting. She’s also owned and operated a 300-acre ranch with large horse and cattle breeding operations. Her experience and community involvement is expansive. She was involved with UC Davis in writing the Horse Mastership Program, was a 4-H Horse leader for 3 years, was on the Board for Gold Country Cutting Horse Association for 10 years, and was the Sponsor Coordinator for both the Auburn Wild West Stampede and the Truckee Rodeo. For the last 10 years, she and her husband have produced rodeo, barrel racing, and cutting events.
Sherry also has many passions outside of her equine experience. She ran a wildlife rescue for ten years and has raised two sons and 63 foster children. “Time on the ranch helped them learn that life was special and not painful.” Sherry is the Northern California sales representative for Star Milling Co.
Koi & Pet Store Sales Representative
Sandy was born with a love of animals, with horses being at the top of the list. She has worked with horses on many different levels, from grooming, training, and showing. One of her most fun, yet challenging jobs was driving draft horses for a carriage company at the Riverside Mission Inn during the festival of lights.
In 2005, Sandy was hired by Star Milling for the Customer Service Department and was promoted to Customer Service Supervisor after just a few years. Her next venture with the company was in 2015, representing Ultra Balance Premium Koi Food at Koi shows throughout the U.S. where she learned alot about the koi industry. In 2017, Sandy transitioned to Sales for the Pet and Pond stores. Sandy truly enjoys her job working with Star Milling customers.
In her downtime, Sandy enjoys biking, hiking, and being outdoors. One of her favorite things to do is spend time with her grandchildren whenever she can!
Customer Service Representative
Monika really enjoys her job as a Customer Service Representative and has been with Star Milling since 2012. Prior to joining the team, Monika had many years of experience working in the areas of Customer Service and Billing. Monika enjoys getting to know customers on a daily basis. As an experienced pet owner, she enjoys helping her customers order high quality animal feed from Star Milling. Monika’s top priority is working with customers to ensure they get quality, friendly service every time.
Working for this family-owned business runs in her family also. Her father, Tito Marquez (now retired), worked as a driver at Star Milling for over 15 years. Tito knows all the employees and many of the Star Milling customers.
Outside of work, Monika enjoys spending time with her family, her husband David and their daughter Briyanna. She is a certified Disney fanatic and loves to travel. Monika also enjoys music and concerts as well as creating new memories with family and friends.
Customer Service Representative
Julie began working at Star Milling in February 2020 and enjoys interacting with customer interactions while continually expanding her knowledge of the feed business. She is committed to providing excellent customer service to both internal & external customers, and believes it is critical to keep a positive attitude and treat other as she would like to be treated. Julie has many years of experience in the customer service field, and was previously employed with Nestle for 18 years in the food industry.
Julie enjoys creating beautiful succulent arrangements and gardening in general, quad riding/camping in Ocotillo Wells, taking yearly trips to new destinations with her husband Rick, and spending quality time with family and friends. Julie is mother to 4 grown children, two spoiled dogs, two sulcata tortoises, and absolutely loves being a Grandma to her 8 exceptional Grandchildren. You will often find Julie rockin’ out to AC/DC music.
Customer Service Representative
Adriana started working at Star Milling in March 2019 as the Receptionist. She has a bachelor’s degree in health management and worked her way through school in various retail jobs. In February 2021, Adriana was promoted to the Customer Service department. She enjoys interacting with customers, assisting them with their orders, and troubleshooting any issues with them.
One of her favorite things to do is spend time quality time with her family when she’s not at work. Adriana enjoys cooking and has fun hosting cook-outs for family and friends. She also loves taking spontaneous small trips, especially to her favorite place – Six Flags.
Javier is an up and comer at Star Milling Co. and joined the team January 2021. Prior to working with Star Milling, he served in the U.S. Navy. While he pursued his Bachelor’s Degree in Business Economics at UC, Irvine, he worked as an Assistant to the Financial Analyst and Programs Department at the University of California Humanities Research Institute. Javier enjoys getting involved with the details of the Finance and Accounting departments however he can.
When he’s not working, Javier enjoys traveling and spending time with friends and family. Some of his hobbies include playing the guitar and caring for his bonsai trees. Whenever there is the opportunity, Javier loves going on snowboarding trips and hitting the slopes.
IN MEMORY OF: Chrystal Romero
Customer Service Representative
Chrystal joined the Star Milling team in 2017 where she started as the Receptionist. After a year and a half, Chrystal was promoted to the Customer Service team. She really enjoyed working as a Customer Service Representative and helping Star Milling’s loyal customers by fulfilling their feed orders and providing any other assistance they might need. Sadly, Chrystal passed away in December 2020. She was a beloved member of the Star Milling team and was dedicated to the customers she served. She will be truly missed.
Star Milling Company and its brands have been distinguished by the quality and safety of its animal feed products since we began operations more than 45 years ago. As a U.S.-based manufacturer of quality feeds for all your animals’ needs, we know exactly what ingredients go into our products, and what does not, to produce antibiotic free equine feed and other superior animal feed.
Star Milling is a certified Safe Feed/Safe Food facility, under the standards of the Facility Certification Institute (FCI). FCI is an internationally respected and recognized third-party certification provider. We are a dedicated antibiotic/medication/drug free feed manufacturer as this adds to the safety of all our family of feeds including feeds for horses, poultry, livestock, fish, dogs, cats, and more.
We are a small business that takes pride in doing business the right way – by treating our customers and employees fairly, while providing superb feed and customer service. Star Milling’s employees strive to follow these core values in everything they do:
- Integrity – of our people and our products.
- Accountability – to our customers and our team members.
- Respect – of our customers, each other and our competitors.
- Service – to our customers and each other
- Innovation – adaptability of our business and the passion of our employees
The Star Milling feed mill has been a fixture of the Perris landscape for more than 40 years, serving as a landmark and connecting commuters and travelers for generations along the I-215 Freeway from Riverside to San Diego.
Situated on main BNSF artery, the rail line spur into the Star Milling facility has been the primary means of bringing raw ingredients to the mill – corn, soybean meal, oats, barley and other ingredients. Fast, direct shipment of the ingredients to our animal feed mill has helped assure the high quality of feed we have manufactured for more than 40 years.
The mill is a one-stop shop for feed manufacturing. The facility includes an extruder, two pellet mills, a grain cleaner, roller mills for making rolled barley grains, a mixer for pigeon and wild bird feed, and a small bagging line for small packaging flexibility. We never blend antibiotics into our feeds and Star Milling is a Monensin-free facility.
Our employees know the production operations inside out; the average length of time with Star Milling is 10 to 15 years, and some employees have been with us 20 or more years.
The warehouse holds tens of thousands of bags of horse, hog, poultry, commercial fish food, and more. Our labels include Integrity, Kelley’s, Ace Hi, Ultra Balance, and also private label manufacture for other companies.
At the end of the process is the loading dock, where Star Milling company drivers and trucks deliver feed directly to feed stores. Our drivers provide excellent customer service; many have been with the company 15 years or more and we know our customers and their individual needs.
In short, the raw ingredients delivered to our facility are produced to become wholesome feed for a wide variety of animals. You can be assured of quality and healthy ingredients, because we know exactly what is going into every bag.
We have more than 40 years of experience manufacturing high quality, safe, and nutritious animal feed. Star Milling Company private labels custom formulations for numerous major brands of feeds, pet foods and commercial fish food. We operate a Safe Feed/Safe Food facility under the standards of the Facility Certification Institute (FCI). Our facility is also Monensin-free and we do not blend antibiotics, anthelmintics, coccidiostats, or ionophores into any of our feeds.
One of the many benefits of using Star Milling Co. as your producer of fine animal feeds is our ability to run low minimums per formulation. The minimum requirement on all feeds is only five tons. Tonnage discounts are offered as orders increase in volume. Our automatic bagging system and robotic palletizer allow us to efficiently mass-produce pelleted, extruded, and textured feeds.
Star Milling Company has the ability to offer our expertise in formulations or recommend species-specific nutritionists to offer guidance on your current formulations. We have strong relationships with many packaging manufacturers and would be glad to assist you with the private labeling process.
We can ship your product anywhere in the United States. Star Milling is also currently shipping products internationally to Japan, Mexico, Philippines, and Malaysia.