SUBSCRIBE NOW Get a year of news PLUS a gift box!

ADVERTISEMENT

ADVERTISEMENT

$400 million soybean crushing plant in works for Casselton

Officials haven't released the name of the company building the plant, but say it could create 60 new jobs with an average pay of $32 per hour.

092421.B.FF.SOYBEANPLANT.jpg
A multinational company is interested in building a $400 million soybean crushing plant near Casselton, N.D. Infrastructure issues are still being resolved, among them, roads to handle heavy truck traffic and the plant’s need for about 900,000 gallons of water a day. Forum file photo
We are part of The Trust Project.

This story has been updated to include a clarification and comments from Josh Teigen, director of the Commerce department's Economic Development and Finance division.

CASSELTON, N.D. - A multinational company wants to build a $400 million soybean crushing plant near here, a Department of Commerce official told the Cass County Board of Commissioners.

The plant is planned to go west of Casselton and east of the Tharaldson Ethanol plant, Josh Teigen, director of the Commerce department's Economic Development and Finance division, told the County Board on Monday, Sept. 20.

Teigen declined to name the company involved in an emailed answer to Forum questions on Friday, Sept. 24. Teigan said the state has been working for about a month with consultants who are bound by non-disclosure agreements to not name the organization.

The plant is supposed to create 60 new jobs, paying an average of $32 per hour, the board was told.

ADVERTISEMENT

Infrastructure issues are still being resolved, among them, the need to improve roads to handle heavy truck traffic and the plant’s requirement of about 900,000 gallons of water a day.

"There are many moving pieces on this," Teigen said in his email. "There are some gravel roads in the area that may need to be upgraded to solid surface in order to accommodate the number of trucks required to feed the facility. Who pays for these roads and maintains them moving forward is to be determined at this point."

RELATED

  • Fargo Fillies & Mac Daddy's restaurant planned for Bison Block by NDSU Co-owner says the goal is to have the eatery open in early October.
  • Freddy's Frozen Custard & Steakburgers outlets planned for Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot The company says franchise shops are planned for Fargo, Grand Forks, Bismarck and Minot.

Up to four miles of existing township roads would need to be paved to handle 250 trucks a day and up to 600 trucks per day during the harvest season, the board was told.
Melissa Beach, the community and economic development director for Casselton, said the state is now putting together an economic impact assessment of the project.

She said the plant should bring in extra value for the crops of regional farmers, and boost the city’s tax base.

She said a soybean plant going up in Spiritwood, N.D., should not have a significant impact on profitability for the Casselton-area plant, particularly since a plant here would be attractive to Minnesota farmers looking for a place to sell their soybeans.

“We don’t feel it’s a real issue,” Beach said Thursday, Sept. 23

Plans for the plant are “in the very, very early stage,” Beach said, adding “There are several hurdles to overcome first.”

ADVERTISEMENT

Beach said the company hasn’t asked for any economic incentives “nor has anything been discussed,” though the state may offer financial incentives.

Beach said the roads leading to the plant would probably have to be converted to strong concrete roads, much like County Highway 23, which serves Tharaldson ethanol.

Nancy Johnson, executive director at North Dakota Soybean Growers Association, said Thursday that the plant would be important in adding value to soybeans for area farmers.

“It will just be very significant for the soybean farmers of North Dakota,” Johnson said.

North Dakota has about 7.25 million acres planted in soybeans, and production has been about 200 million bushels a year in recent years. In fact, Cass County has been a leader in soybean production in the nation, Johnson said.

In May of this year, Archer Daniels Midland announced that it would build a $350 million soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood.

The plant is expected to employ about 75 people and is being designed to process about 600 million pounds of refined soybean oil annually, Agweek reported in late August.

Agweek reported that that plant will be operated as a joint venture with Marathon Petroleum Corp. with the aim of producing renewable diesel fuel.

ADVERTISEMENT

ADM will own 75% of the plant, and Marathon 25%.

Plans call for 100% of the soy oil produced at the plant to be processed at Marathon’s renewable diesel-fuel facility in Dickinson, N.D.

This story has been updated to include a clarification and comments from Josh Teigen, director of the Commerce department's Economic Development and Finance division.

Helmut Schmidt is a reporter for The Forum of Fargo-Moorhead's business news team. Readers can reach him by email at hschmidt@forumcomm.com, or by calling (701) 241-5583.
What to read next
Printz writes, "It’s supremely comfortable and roomy, yet cozy; feeling as if it was tailored specifically for you and lavishly finished in the finest materials. There’s room for two up front and theoretically two in back. But the rear seat is better suited as a padded parcel shelf; this baby has a mere 3.4 cubic feet of trunk space."
Building permits recently filed in Fargo, Moorhead and West Fargo
Bankruptcy filings from the past week in all of North Dakota and Becker, Clay, Douglas, Grant, Hubbard, Mahnomen, Norman, Otter Tail, Polk, Traverse, Wadena and Wilkin counties in Minnesota.
Awards were given for Small Business of the Year, Business of the Year, Nonprofit of the Year, Young Professionals Best Place to Work, Emerging Business of the Year, Resilient Business of the Year and People's Choice.