US agribusiness Cargill is investing US$225M to expand its Sidney, Ohio soyabean crushing facility to better serve farmers in the area and meet growing demand for protein and refined oils.

The expansion would increase crush capacity and modernise operations, allowing farmers around the area to deliver their soyabeans more efficiently, as the upgraded plant would unload trucks at a much faster rate, Cargill said on 16 October.

“The increased capacity will strengthen and expand our US crush footprint, enable us to meet the growing demand for soya products from our customers and further integrate our refined oil capabilities,” said Warren Feather, Cargill managing director of global crush.

The expansion would also provide the company’s adjacent refined oils facility with a larger, direct supply of crude soyabean oil. It would also add approximately 12 full-time jobs to the 325 currently employed at the Sidney site when the expansion was completed in 2022.

“Cargill’s decision to choose Ohio was a collaborative effort with the company, JobsOhio, the Dayton Development Coalition and the Sidney community,” said the state’s governor Mike DeWine. “This investment will secure full-time jobs at Cargill’s facility, create construction jobs for two years and increase the demand for soyabeans from local farmers.”

Cargill employs more than 1,400 people at its 19 facilities around Ohio.