Coshocton Grain Company, Coshocton, OH, reports it is on schedule with its new soybean plant construction and starting dates of operations.
Sugarcreek Concrete recently completed the concrete work for the drive-thru under the meal storage bins and other areas inside and outside the building, and the oil loading system with a spill containment tank is next to be installed near the meal bins.
Rhoda Crown,CEO of Coshocton Grain, said operations should start by the end of July and meal for sell should be available in early August. They expect to service not only Coshocton, but the seven surrounding counties – Muskingum, Guernsey, Tuscarawas, Holmes, Knox and Licking.
Coshocton Grain looks to process an average of 3.36 million bushels of soybeans every year to produce 81,000 tons of soybean meal and 12,600 tons of soybean oil that would be for sale through the plant. That arm of the company will be known as Coshocton Soy Processing ExPress Meal & Oil. ExPress Meal will include a chemical-free, trademarked process from Insta-Pro International of Des Moines, Iowa.
The grain company currently has nine employees with two at its branch in Hebron. Crown said they would be adding 11 more full-time and two part-time workers at harvest time. Payroll and benefit for the additional employees is estimated at $580,000 a year. Ron Warnock, a 17-year employee of the company, will remain operations manager and also oversee soy processing.
Warnock said the project is about 90 percent complete on equipment installation, about 60 percent done with electrical work and the building is almost totally finished. He said nearly all of the equipment for the plant is American-made.
“Since we are a local company, we always want to try to use as many local (contractors) as we can. Some of the equipment and processes are not available here, but we try to use as much local as we can,” Crown said.
Coshocton County contractors include William Albert Inc. for site preparation, Philip A. Wagner doing HVAC and plumbing work and Double H Manufacturing of West Lafayette producing oil tanks.
“It was a project we really wanted to take on and we really appreciated them willing to go local,” said Double H co-owner Mike Hershberger. “Most of our business isn’t local, it gets shipped out. So, we do really like local business when we can get it.”
The 100×170-foot building is between the scales and railroad tracks. There are overhead load out bins for meal and also one-ton totes. Oil will be loaded on trucks and transported to a biofuels refinery in Erie, Pennsylvania. The meal is expected to be used for dairy, swine and poultry farmers within a 75-mile radius.
Soybeans will be taken from storage tanks for cleaning, drying and breaking down before entering the plant on an enclosed conveyor. From there they are heated in a barrel for about 20 seconds at a very high temperature. They are mechanically extruded and put through a press, which produces the oil. The oil is stored in internal tanks before sent out on trucks. The resulting meal goes through a crusher before storage in overhead bins. Trucks will pull under and load from the top.
Coshocton Grain will be able to accept soybeans in excess of 14 percent moisture because of the new processing, which is a much higher moisture level than they take now. Crown said they expect to consume about 33 percent of the available soybeans in Coshocton and the surrounding seven counties. Crown said their slogan for the plant is “grown locally, processed locally and fed locally.”
“We want to provide a good market for the local bean producers and livestock feeders in our area,” Crown said.