Soybean Plant Approved by St. Lawrence County (NY) Planning Board

Plans to construct a $16 million soybean processing facility in the village of Massena, NY moved a step forward on Jan. 16.

The St. Lawrence County Planning Board voted to support the project, provided the developer meets several conditions.

Conditions include constructing a solid fence to separate the facility from two neighboring homes to reduce the impact of noise and light generated by truck traffic and operation of the plant.

County planning staff also made recommendations related to noise at the facility, which is expected to operate 24 hours a day. Recommendations also were made related to structure height, lighting and additional permits that are required.

Kenneth D. Jahre, a principal in St. Lawrence Soyway Co. LLC who resides in New York City, said Friday the firm is seeking some outside funding to help finance the $16 million project.

“I’m confident it’s going to happen,” Mr. Jahre said. “The process is in motion.”

He said the company is still working with an investment banker to secure enough funding for the project.

“It’s just a waiting game now,” he said.

St. Lawrence Soyway plans to construct a 40,000-square-foot processing facility that would crush soybeans into high-protein soy meal used primarily to feed dairy herds. It also can be used to feed hogs and poultry.

The plant would be constructed at the former village Department of Public Works site at 5933 Route 11. Last year, the Massena Village Board voted to rezone the site to a planned industrial district to accommodate the project.

The county’s recommendations will be returned to the Massena Village Planning Board, which is scheduled to discuss the project later this month.

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Bunge Announces Plan to Increase Soybean Processing in Eastern Corn Belt

Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced on Jan. 9 it plans to take steps to improve the productivity of its leading soybean processing footprint in the Eastern United States.

The plan includes building Bunge’s first new processing plant in the U.S. in fifteen years. Locations in Ohio and Indiana are under final consideration for the new facility.

“As we evaluate the long-term demand for soy products, we see the need to improve our asset footprint in the Eastern U.S., a key market,” said Tim Gallagher, executive vice president, Oilseed Value Chain, Bunge North America.

“A state-of-the-art facility in the Eastern Corn Belt that incorporates the latest productivity, safety and sustainability features combined with an increase in overall efficiency of our existing footprint will ensure Bunge can serve growing demand in the Southeastern U.S. feed and export markets.”

Once site selection is complete, Bunge will have to obtain necessary approvals to move forward with the project which would be expected to go online by the end of 2019.

Save the Date! TAMU/IOMSA 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course … April 2-4

Mark your calendar for the 85th Oil Mill Operators Short Course, organized bTEES_PERDC_Acronym_logo_MaroonRGBy Texas A&M University’s Process Engineering Research & Development Center (formerly the Food Protein Research & Development Center) and IOMSA.

This year’s short course will be held April 2-4, 2017 in College Station, TX.

Check the March/April issue of Oil Mill Gazetteer for course theme and topics, hotel information, and other details.

For more information, call Richard Clough, TAMU, at 979-862-2262.