Company also plans to hire more than 30 people before beginning operations in October 2024.

March 27, 2024

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Scoular announced that it has hired three key leaders for its new soy and canola oilseed crush operation in Goodland, Kansas. The company also plans to hire more than 30 people in the coming months and begin operations in October 2024. 

The three hires are: 

Michael Meyers, commercial manager, based in Omaha, Nebraska, where Scoular is headquartered. Michael previously worked for Ag Processing. Meyers is responsible for commercial aspects related to the profitability of crush operations, including leading oilseed origination growth and managing the facility’s meal and oil sales.  

Jeff Frazier, market development manager, based in Wichita, Kansas. Frazier previously worked for Comark Equity Alliance. Jeff is focusing on canola origination and developing strategies to build Scoular’s canola market and oilseed crush industry presence.   

Evan Balthazor, plant superintendent, based in Goodland, Kansas. He is responsible for the receiving, handling, preparation, oil extraction, oil degumming and loading of the canola and soybeans and their finished products. He previously worked as plant superintendent at Ag Processing’s soybean oil refinery in Hastings, Nebraska. 

“This team has the expertise we need to take our oilseed crushing business to the next level,” said Sandra Hulm, vice president and general manager at Scoular who is leading the project. “Scoular is building a culture of high-integrity, curiosity and ultimately, excellence at this facility, which will bring much-needed capacity to the market quickly. Our people, our producers, and our community remain at the forefront of our business now and in the future.” 

The facility, located in northwestern Kansas, is being retrofitted to process 11 million bushels of oilseeds annually into vegetable oils to support renewable fuels demand. Scoular is hiring employees for shift supervision, maintenance, loading/unloading, and plant operations. 

Julica Oharah, executive director of Community Development Sherman County, said job creation is a key factor in developing the overall quality of life and fostering economic growth.  

“The Scoular project is a huge win for Sherman County,” she added. “Job creation is not just about increasing employment numbers; it’s about building a vibrant, supportive, and sustainable environment where individuals can grow, businesses can thrive, and the community can prosper together.”  

Scoular plans to hold a job fair in mid-April.

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