Bunge to cease crush operations in Marion, Ohio

by Eric Schroeder
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ST. LOUIS — Bunge North America announced it is discontinuing soybean processing operations at its facility in Marion, Ohio, effective Nov. 30. The company said it will honor all existing contracts for soybeans, meal and oil and will continue to contract for soybeans for delivery to Marion. In addition, the facility will remain open as a grain elevator.

"Bunge is continually adjusting our crush capacity to more efficiently meet market demand," said Mark Van Emon, vice-president and general manager, Bunge Oilseed Processing. "With less capacity required in the East, Marion’s smaller size and limited logistics put it at a disadvantage compared to other Bunge plants. As a member of the Marion community for a half a century, we are disappointed that we must end crushing operations but we are pleased that we will continue to serve local farmers as an elevator."

Bunge said it will use the next two months to transition the facility from a soybean processing plant to a grain elevator. The company said some of the 51 employees at the location will remain to operate the elevator while others will have the opportunity to apply for open positions at other Bunge plants.

According to the Grain & Milling Annual 2009 published by Sosland Publishing Co., the Marion facility has storage capacity of 3,238,000 bus.

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