Cargill has announced plans to build a state-of-the-art, $90 million biodiesel plant in Wichita, Kan. Set to open in January 2019, it will produce 60 million gal. of biodiesel annually.
"This new facility will enable Wichita to be a competitive supplier in the biofuels market, bringing value to the suppliers and customers we work with and connecting farmers with industrial customers by supplying quality biomass-based diesel," said Pat Woerner, biodiesel commercial leader for Cargill's Agricultural Supply Chain business. "Biofuels are good for the U.S. farm economy and can bring capital investment to agriculture while boosting economic development in farm communities."
Opening the facility in Wichita will strengthen Cargill's biodiesel operations in the heart of the Midwest, where it already has biodiesel plants in Iowa Falls, Iowa, and Kansas City, Mo. Unlike other traders of biodiesel, Cargill is an integrated producer managing the entire supply chain, from origination to production to delivery.
"We are excited to bring this new facility to our farmers and customers in Wichita," said Warren Feather, oilseed managing director for Cargill's Agricultural Supply Chain business. "At Cargill, we're prepared to handle demand for biofuels while balancing it against the need to nourish a growing global population."
Construction of the new 42,000 sq. ft. facility will begin in December 2017. Located at 1401 N. Mosley in Wichita, it will require approximately 35 full-time employees. The plant will be located next to its oilseed processing plant and replaces an existing oil refinery managed by Cargill's Global Edible Oil business. Cargill has invested significantly in oil and shortening products and said it remains committed to the food industry. Cargill's Global Edible Oils business will transfer existing edible oil production to alternate Cargill facilities.
Cargill offers biofuels from a variety of renewable resources, including corn, soybeans, sugarcane, palm oil and biogas. It produces ethanol and biodiesel in the U.S. and the European Union, ethanol in Brazil and biodiesel in Argentina.
Cargill has a presence in 12 Kansas communities and employs more than 4,000 people.