Cargill has completed an expansion and modernization project at its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio.
The upgraded facility, which came online in September, will help Cargill better serve farmers and meet the growing demand for soy products across food, feed and renewable fuel markets, said the company.
The project nearly doubles the previous crush capacity at the facility, which is designed to provide greater market opportunities for area farmers and feed customers through creating demand for soybeans and offering greater access to soybean meal and hulls. Additionally, customers will have an improved onsite experience, as they will be able to more quickly and efficiently receive soybeans and load out products, said Justin Rismiller, U.S. crush soy commercial leader for Cargill
“We’re proud to make this investment at our Sidney facility," said Rismiller. "We’ve been in business for 45 years here, and we appreciate the long-standing relationships with local farmers, food and feed customers, and the local community.
"This has been a complex project, as we continued to run the existing plant during construction," he added. "Thanks to our dedicated team, we are able to provide a state-of-the-art facility to better serve our customers and the community for generations to come.”
The Cargill crush facility originally opened in 1978, with the refinery added a decade later. Today it serves as a vital link between soybean farmers in the region and customers both nearby and around the globe, said Cargill. The upgraded facility is among several of Cargill’s efforts to modernize and increase capacity across its North American oilseeds network.
Cargill announced the expansion project in November 2020. Twelve concrete silos, each designed to hold 89,000 bushels of grain, were torn down along with a much larger metal silo designed to hold 320,000 bushels of grain at a former Landmark grain facility.
The facility had changed ownership numerous times over the years with each owner adding a new facility.
Cargill chose to demolish these buildings as part of its $225 million expansion project to meet the growing demand for protein and refined oils.