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Scoular hires key leaders for new crush operation

The Goodland, Kansas facility is undergoing retrofitting to process 11 million bushels of oilseeds annually.

Goodland Facility Headshots

Scoular has announced the hiring of three key leaders for its upcoming soy and canola oilseed crush operation in Goodland, Kansas. The facility, which is set to begin operations in October 2024, will also be hiring over 30 people in the coming months.

The new team members include:

  • Michael Meyers, appointed as the Commercial Manager and based in Omaha, Nebraska. Meyers, who previously worked for Ag Processing, will oversee the commercial aspects of the crush operations, including oilseed origination growth and managing meal and oil sales.
  • Jeff Frazier, taking on the role of Market Development Manager, will be based in Wichita, Kansas. Frazier, a former employee of Comark Equity Alliance, will focus on canola origination and strategies to strengthen Scoular’s market presence in the oilseed crush industry.
  • Evan Balthazor, joining as the Plant Superintendent, is based in Goodland. His responsibilities will encompass the processing of canola and soybeans, from receiving to oil extraction and loading. Balthazor previously held a similar position at Ag Processing’s soybean oil refinery in Hastings, Nebraska.

Sandra Hulm, Vice President and General Manager at Scoular leading the project, expressed confidence in the newly formed team’s expertise. She emphasized Scoular's commitment to building a culture of integrity, curiosity, and excellence. The Goodland facility will significantly increase market capacity, focusing on vegetable oil production for renewable fuels demand.

The plant, located in northwestern Kansas, is undergoing retrofitting to process 11 million bushels of oilseeds annually. The upcoming job fair in mid-April aims to fill positions in shift supervision, maintenance, loading/unloading, and plant operations.

Julica Oharah, Executive Director of Community Development Sherman County, highlighted the broader impact of the Scoular project. She emphasized that job creation is crucial for fostering a dynamic and thriving community, enhancing quality of life, and driving economic growth.

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