The expanded soybean crush site will better serve local farmers and global consumers


Image: Cargill will expand its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio. Photo: courtesy of egroll from Pixabay.

Cargill is set to invest around $225m to expand its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio, US.

The company has decided to increase crush capacity and modernise operations at the Sidney site to better serve area farmers, as well as meet the growing demand for protein and refined oils.

The upgraded Sidney site will help unload trucks at a faster rate, enabling farmers to deliver their soybeans more efficiently.

Cargill North America agricultural supply chain business eastern region commercial leader Don Camden said: “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.”

The expanded crush facility will help farmers to deliver their soybeans more efficiently

The Sidney crush facility was first opened in 1978 and added with refinery after 10 years. According to the company, the facility serves a major link between soybean farmers in the region and consumers both nearby and around the globe.

The expanded crush facility will offer Cargill’s adjacent refined oils facility with access to crude soybean oil.

Expected to be operational in 2022, the expanded facility will add around 12 full-time jobs to the team of 325 currently employed at Sidney.

The expansion will also improve the local economy during construction, in addition to creating new jobs and offering benefits to farmers. Cargill employs over 1,400 people at 19 facilities across Ohio.

Ohio Governor Mike DeWine said: “Cargill’s decision to choose Ohio was a collaborative effort with the company, JobsOhio, the Dayton Development Coalition and the Sidney community.

“This investment will secure full-time jobs at Cargill’s facility, create construction jobs for two years, and increase the demand for soybeans from local farmers.”

In August this year, Cargill announced the opening of a new innovation lab at the Research Park at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign.