Cargill is investing $225 million to expand its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio.
The move is intended to “better serve area farmers” and to meet growing demand for protein and refine oils, Cargill said.
The investment will increase crush capacity and modernise operations, creating greater market access for farmers’ crops in the area.
This, Cargill said, will allow these farmers to deliver their soybeans more efficiently as the upgraded plant will unload trucks at a much faster rate.
“The increased capacity will strengthen and expand our US crush footprint, enable us to meet the growing demand for soy products from our customers and further integrate our refined oil capabilities,” said Warren Feather, Cargill Managing Director of global crush.
The crush facility originally opened in 1978, with the refinery added a decade later. Today, the site serves as a vital link between soybean farmers in the region and consumers both nearby and around the globe.
The expansion will provide Cargill’s adjacent refined oils facility with a larger, direct supply of crude soybean oil.
The expansion is scheduled to complete in 2022.