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Continental Refining Co. expands operations in Kentucky

Continental Refining Co. (CRC) in Somerset, Kentucky, announces several significant updates to its operations including a new strategic partnership, reinforcing its commitment to expanding and enhancing its soy product line and distribution methods.

Continental Refining Co. (CRC) in Somerset, Kentucky, announces several significant updates to its operations including a new strategic partnership, reinforcing its commitment to expanding and enhancing its soy product line and distribution methods.

Starting in June, CRC will begin shipping soymeal by rail. This development comes as CRC partners with Warner Fertilizer Co. to expand the use of its existing rail siding in Somerset, enabling rail to become a key distribution channel for CRC’s soybean products.

Furthermore, CRC is increasing its soybean processing capacity by 30% and introducing an additional soybean meal production line. This is achieved through a new partnership with Insta-Pro International, allowing for the production of ExPress Soybean Meal and Oil at the facility. This initiative broadens its soybean meal offerings and also provides customers with a greater variety of product options, including the well-established UltraBlend Soybean Meal and the newly added ExPress Meal.

In addition to these enhancements, CRC has fully commissioned its oil degumming operations for producing high-quality soybean oil and is introducing crude soy lecithin into the market.

The facility’s operations will be capable of processing 430 tons of soybeans daily into 335 tons of high-protein soybean meal, 68 tons of soybean oil, and 21 tons of loose hulls – all crucial ingredients for livestock and poultry feed. With these enhancements, CRC can now process nearly 5 million bushels of soybeans annually (141,000 tons) into vegetable oil and feed products, including biodiesel production anticipated to reach up to three million gallons per year.

ExPress soybean meal, created through a chemical-free mechanical process, is known for its high digestibility of proteins and amino acids, increased energy content, and beneficial components such as lecithin and natural antioxidants like tocopherols.

The demand for soybean meal, oil, and hulls in the central Kentucky area is significant, with an estimated annual need of around 250,000 tons, and a market that extends into Tennessee, Ohio and Indiana. CRC’s strategic expansion into soybean processing is designed to optimize production efficiency and sustainability, ultimately benefiting the company’s product quality and community relations.

Continental Refining Co. is looking forward to partnering with local farmers in central Kentucky to produce high-quality soybean products for customers throughout the region. Farmers within 150 miles of Somerset, Kentucky, are invited to contact Cameron Jones at CRC at +1.606.679.6301 ext. 1401 for cash bids or download the Bushel App

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