Cargill is expanding its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio, to better serve farmers and meet growing demand for protein and refined oils.
“The increased capacity will strengthen and expand our U.S. 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.
Nearly $225 million will be invested into the facility, increasing crush capacity and modernizing operations. In addition, the company will create greater market access for farmers' crops in the area and allows those farmers to deliver their soybeans more efficiently, as the upgraded plant will unload trucks at a faster rate.
“Farmers are at the core of our business. This investment will help us provide them a better experience when they choose to sell their crops to us,” says Don Camden, commercial leader for the eastern region of Cargill’s agricultural supply chain business in North America. “This also demonstrates our commitment to invest in and grow with the Sidney community.”
The site currently 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. When completed in 2022, the company expects to add 12 full-time jobs.
“Cargill’s continued investment in Sidney represents their commitment not only to the area’s agricultural community, but to consumers around the globe. Equally important, they have provided good jobs for our residents as well as the extended community. On behalf of the entire community, we welcome the announcement that Cargill has again chosen to expand operations in Sidney,” said Sidney Mayor Mike Barhorst.
“Since Cargill began operating their soybean crush plant in Sidney, they have been outstanding corporate citizens,” said Mayor Barhorst. “Recognized and respected for their impressive stature in the community, Cargill has contributed to numerous good causes. Those causes have ranged from feeding the hungry, education and literacy to recreation and public health.”