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Bartlett Plans Montgomery County, Kansas, Soybean Crushing Plant

Bartlett, a Savage Company, plans to invest $325 million in a soybean crushing facility in Montgomery County, Kansas. The project is expected to create 50 jobs.

This facility will be one of nine Bartlett grain facilities in Kansas. Soybean crushing facilities crush soybeans into a meal, soak them in a solvent, and distill them in order to produce a refined soybean oil. This soybean oil and byproducts will be used in producing renewable fuels, food products and animal feeds.

“This is an important milestone for our project, enabling infrastructure investment in Kansas that accelerates the nation’s transition to a cleaner, greener and more sustainable transportation system,” Bartlett President Bob Knief said.

The new operation will be capable of handling approximately 38.5 million bushels of soybeans annually, which is about 110,000 bushels every day. Other than the 50 full-time jobs planned with the Bartlett facility in Montgomery County, additional jobs will be supported during construction of this facility and the supporting infrastructure.

“Agriculture-based and renewable energy businesses are major economic drivers in Kansas, and I am extremely pleased to see Bartlett recognize just how ideal this location is for the future of their operations,” Governor Laura Kelly said. “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 South Kansas & Oklahoma Railroad plans on providing rail services for the new facility, connecting them to a network of Class 1 carriers. According to Governor Laura Kelly’s Office, this investment will also encourage rail improvements benefitting Southeast Kansas as well as the logistics, renewable energy and agriculture industries in the state.

“With our strategic location in the middle of the country and our strong agricultural roots, I’m absolutely thrilled that Bartlett chose Kansas as the place to locate this impressive new facility,” Lieutenant Governor and Commerce Secretary David Toland said. “We know they had other states in the region to choose from, so I am proud but not surprised that they selected Kansas as the winning location for this project. It’s proof of their visionary approach, and of the strong assets in Kansas we have to offer ag-based and renewable energy companies.”

Established in 1907 Bartlett is Savage’s growth-oriented agribusiness focusing on grain merchandising, flour milling and feed manufacturing, and has been family owned and operated for over 100 years. Savage, a global provider of industrial infrastructure and supply chain services, is working with partners across the agriculture and energy sectors to lead the development of renewable energy assets and services across the United States.

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