Cargill begins building soybean processing plant

by Eric Schroeder
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KANSAS CITY — Cargill Oil Seeds, a division of Minneapolis-based Cargill, has started construction of a new $120 million soybean processing plant to replace an existing processing facility in Kansas City.

The new facility, which is being designed to increase soybean processing capacity to 165,000 bushels from 95,000 bushels per day, will be built adjacent to the existing building. According to company’s officials, the new facility would significantly enhance operating efficiencies when it becomes operational in the spring of 2008.

Last year in Kansas City, Cargill, in partnership with Paseo Biofuels, L.L.C., Jefferson City, Mo., began construction of a $40 million grassroot biodiesel plant with production projected to commence by the end of 2007.

In addition to the soybean and biodiesel plant projects in Kansas City, Cargill is developing more than 20 other major spending projects totaling about $800 million.

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