Bartlett breaks ground on US$375 million soybean crushing facility

USA – Bartlett, a Savage Enterprises company, has broken ground on its new US$375 million soybean crushing facility in southeast Kansas, that according to the company is expected to provide an important source of feedstock for producing renewable fuels, food products and animal feeds.

The plant, which is scheduled to begin operations in early 2024, is expected to be capable of handling 45 million bushels of soybeans annually to crush into soybean meal and refined soybean oil.

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The groundbreaking ceremony and luncheon were hosted by the Montgomery County Action Council in partnership with the Kansas Department of Commerce’s Office of Rural Prosperity to commemorate the start of this significant economic development project for the region.

Bob Knief, president of Bartlett said, “The facility will be an economic driver in Southeast Kansas and expand markets for local soybean producers and agribusinesses. We appreciate the ongoing support from state, federal and local leaders, and look forward to serving a vital role for the food, animal feed and renewable fuel industries.

We’ll support our nation’s transition to renewable fuels by sourcing up to 65 million gallons of feedstock for renewable transportation fuels annually, which will reduce greenhouse gas emissions by over 400,000 tons a year.”

Governor Kelly praised Bartlett for choosing to build the facility in Kansas. “Agriculture-based and renewable energy businesses are major economic drivers in Kansas,” she said. 

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“Powered by Kansas’ outstanding infrastructure and talented workforce, I’m confident Bartlett’s new project will be a tremendous success and have a significant economic impact on the region and our state as a whole.”

The plant’s location provides easy access to highways and railroads which will provide rail services for the facility, connecting the plant to a network of Class 1 carriers. Ground preparation work is currently being performed by Crossland Construction Company for the processing plant, grain elevator and loop track system.

Representative Kelly said. “Montgomery County is an ideal location for a major infrastructure project like this with our transportation connectivity and talented workforce.”

The investment was made possible by bond incentives from Montgomery County as well as tax credits through the state’s High Performance Incentive Program (HPIP).

Savage Companies and Bartlett and Company merged their businesses in 2018. As part of the agreement, Bartlett Grain Co. and Bartlett Milling Co. merged with Savage to create Savage Enterprises. The grain and milling businesses have continued to operate under the Bartlett name since.

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