West Central recently announced a $27 million expansion to their SoyPlus production facility located in Ralston, Iowa. Mark Cullen, executive vice president of animal nutrition, spoke to Animal AgWired about what this means to the local community. Among multiple roles, Cullen oversees the company’s dairy business including their SoyPlus feed product.
He said that majority of the dollars will be dedicated to plant construction and $2-3 million will be allocated to purchase additional bushel flat storage and grain handing equipment.
Cullen also said the expansion will create a demand for 6 million more bushels of soybeans annually for more than $20 million when both plants are operating at full capacity. It will take 400,000 acres of soybeans to meet the demand which Cullen noted, is the total production of grain in Carroll County alone. In addition, the project will create more than 11 new jobs in production and manufacturing.
We’re very excited to be providing opportunities in a small, local community and rural America added Cullen.
Learn more about impact West Central’s SoyPlus expansion is having on the local community by listening to Jamie Johansen’s interview with Mark Cullen: Mark Cullen Interview