Construction was completed on schedule at the new $27 million SoyPlus expeller plant for Landus Cooperative (formerly West Central Cooperative) in Ralston, IA. This project includes soybean transfer and prep, twelve new mechanical presses, soymeal grinding and cooling, soybean oil processing, finished soymeal storage, and truck loadout. This expansion allows for an additional six million bushels of soybeans each year, which increases current production by 50% (20 million bushels total annually). The new plant, along with the existing facility, is able to produce enough SoyPlus to load 18 rail cars daily. SoyPlus is an industry-leading high bypass protein dairy feed ingredient used in dairy rations world-wide.
The existing facility, which has operated for more than 30 years, was producing at capacity, creating the demand for the expansion and 11 full-time job opportunities for the Ralston area.
Landus Cooperative, one of North America's largest grain storage companies, is a farmer-owned agricultrual cooperative, headquartered in Ames, IA with approximately 7,000 member-owners.