Cargill announced that it is expanding its integrated soybean crush and refined oils facility in Sidney, Ohio, to better serve area farmers and to meet growing demand for protein and refined oils.
The company will invest approximately $225 million at the Sidney site, increasing crush capacity and modernizing operations. The investment creates greater market access for farmers' crops in the area and allows them to deliver their soybeans more efficiently, as the upgraded plant will unload trucks at a much faster rate, according to the announcement.
"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," said 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 crush facility originally opened in 1978, with the refinery added a decade later. Today, the site serves as a vital link between soybean farmers in the region and consumers both nearby and around the globe, Cargill said.
The expansion of the crush plant will provide Cargill's adjacent refined oils facility with a larger, direct supply of crude soybean oil. When the expansion is completed in 2022, Cargill expects to add approximately 12 full-time jobs to the team of 325 currently employed at Sidney.
"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," Warren Feather, Cargill managing director of global crush, said.
"Cargill's decision to choose Ohio was a collaborative effort with the company, JobsOhio, the Dayton Development Coalition and the Sidney community," Ohio Gov. Mike DeWine said. "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."
Cargill employs more than 1,400 people at 19 facilities around Ohio, paying tens of millions of dollars annually in salaries, wages and taxes. Cargill's total direct investment in Ohio to date prior to this project was approximately $970 million.
With 154 years of experience, Cargill has 160,000 employees across 70 countries and works to connect farmers with markets, customers with ingredients and people and animals with the food they need to thrive.