USA – Scoular has announced the completion of an extensive upgrade to its grain handling facility in western Missouri.
The company cited increased yields and strong demand for soybeans, especially for renewable diesel, as having driven the upgrades.
In its World Agricultural Supply and Demand Estimates report, the USDA forecast that 10.7 billion pounds of soybean oil will go to biofuel production for 2021-2022, up from 8.85 billion pounds in 2020-2021 and 8.658 billion pounds in 2019-2020.
Scoular built the facility in 2012 and this expansion is the second major addition since inception. it is set to triple grain unloading speeds for farmers and expand storage space in time for wheat harvest.
The latest upgrade (compared with initial construction) will quadruple upright storage space to 1.2 million bushels and track capacity to 110 cars and also double ground storage.
This brings Scoular’s total investment in the facility over the past decade to more than US$15 million.
Scoular’s Matt O’Hern has managed the facility during its decade of growth and all phases of construction.
“This investment is critical to better serving farmers and strategically enhancing our network in the region,” said Ron Bingham, Scoular senior vice president and grain division manager.
“Matt and his team have done an outstanding job serving our customers, and this upgrade demonstrates our commitment to providing a modern, efficient facility for them.”
The facility is strategically located on the Missouri and Northern Arkansas shortline railroad and serves multiple markets including soybean processors, poultry feeders and flour mills, providing producers efficient access to regional, domestic and export markets.
Along with wheat, the facility handles corn and soybeans. The facility is part of Scoular’s Midwestern grain handling network that includes over 50 facilities in Florida, Missouri, Iowa, Illinois, Kansas, Colorado, and Nebraska.
A 130-year-old company with US$6 billion in sales, Scoular creates safe and reliable supply chain solutions for end-users and suppliers of grain, feed ingredients, and food ingredients.
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