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Manager: Cargill to start up in September

Viaene says multiple products will be made from corn

March 27, 2013

The Cargill plant west of Fort Dodge is scheduled to begin operating in September, the site’s top leader told a Fort Dodge audience Tuesday evening....

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marvin

Mar-27-13 6:16 AM

My God, some people will complain no matter what. I suppose a meteor could strike Ft.Dodge because of Cargill. Easy to be dismissive of jobs when your kids aren't the ones going without. hbockoven you are truly beneath contempt.

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forprogress

Mar-27-13 9:50 AM

Iowa DNR issues water pemits to cities. In doing so, they base permits on a worst-case scenario of minimum inflow (drought) and maximum projected outflow. There is a percentage that must be met and we are well within htat range even when CJ and Cargill are at full capacity. Looking into the river water is a way of minimizing future effects if the city and ag park expand exponentially.

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ftdodger

Mar-27-13 1:02 PM

I just want to know what FD is getting from all this water infrastructure, and paying two people to oversee construction out of town (See 'Council OK’s engineer post on split vote article')? I've gotten a higher water bill out of the deal. You can cry jobs like hbockoven pointed out most do, but I've never had problem earning money in town. Are we going to be able to annex the area at some point? You always hear "look how it benefits Blair"... Well, their park is in city limits.

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ftdodger

Mar-27-13 1:09 PM

marvin, The company I work for just hired someones kid from here in town, and then fired him. He told the bosses he didn't sign up to work weekends, nor did he sign up to work 'no expense' trips to Sioux City on occasion - yes, no expense, the company prepays for your lodging and will arrange for a ride if needed, or pay you mileage for your own vechile. Someone from out of state is now working the job, and will be moving his family to the area, so we're all good.

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BornInFD2

Mar-27-13 1:42 PM

companies like Cargill do not just open shop without being subjected to many feasibility and sustainability studies. There are pros and cons to many manufacturing facilities, I don't see too many cons here. I have been a critic of single-use facilities in the wet-milling process but that seems to be mitigated by the fact that 5 different products will come from the initial wet-milling. Bottom line is that these jobs are higher paid and that helps the economy in many ways, including the ability to create other jobs in retail/fast food that aren't. It would be nice to see as many people support this endeavor as possible, but I am reminded it is Ft. Dodge and there will always be the naysayers. Sad.

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duke

Mar-27-13 3:42 PM

The only reason Cargill is here is because they bought the plant for one fifth of what it cost to build it.

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forprogress

Mar-27-13 4:23 PM

hbock - you are incorrect. the river is not being looked at as a source due to the drought or CJ/Cargill. It is being looked at as a potential source for the future. Throwing out words like water rationing is just plain rediculous. The sustainability studies and such show there is no concern even if we remained in drought for subsequent multiple years. The city is supplied by one of, if not the, largest auqifers in Iowa. IT's capacity will not be adversely effected by the ag park.

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marvin

Mar-27-13 4:25 PM

Cargill got the plant for 1/5 of it's worth and that's why they're here? Guess you think they should have passed on the deal, Duke? Yeah ftdodger,and the Blair plant is in Nebraska. "Cry jobs?" Jesus. I guess this whole Cargill thing is bad news, right boys?

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duke

Mar-27-13 6:18 PM

LOL @ marvin , of coarse they should have bought it. Do you think they would be here if they didn't get such a deal?, I doubt it Read what I said again Marvin and then take your meds.

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iRoxxu

Mar-28-13 12:58 AM

Should water become the "ISSUE" then the corn needed to supply this facility wont be there.... . . and the rest of life you negative nurds cling to will dry up also... . put that in your faucet.

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Anderson

Mar-28-13 9:58 AM

1) In recorded weather history, Iowa has never experienced drought two years in a row. Never say never, though? 2) Hope Cargill gets their bargain paid for before Obama's EPA finds some environmental reason to shut them down. 3) Reason Cargill got its "bargain" was due to govt in the first place, Tate & Lyle having relied on the feds to enforce a deal with Mexico that would have ensured a market for its fructose in Mexico's soft drinks, and so lost its shirt on that investment. Moral: NEVER believe or rely on the federal govt. 3) Who ever picked out that new monicker for the AG Park - some tongue twister and hardly memorable, but awfully pretentious.

Meanwhile, Go Cargill! Go CJ-whatever!

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iRoxxu

Mar-29-13 7:56 AM

Negatives aside, its apparent there exist many who would benefit greatly from visiting these plant sights. The construction out there is mind boggling. The Former Tate/Lyle plant is hardly recognizable with the continued investments that CARGILL has put forth. CJ as well. Take the time to inform yourselves, find a way to get out there and see what progress, innovation, investment, and cooperative efforts are producing. For all those who think they know the BIG picture... . . look again - your missing something.

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iRoxxu

Mar-29-13 8:29 AM

after thought.. . Tate/Lyle did not intend to make fructose, rather starch for the paper industry. Cargill and others have recently been awarded settlements from Mexico over the "sugar wars" between the U.S. and Mexico.

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Anderson

Apr-02-13 10:46 AM

Roxxy: My spies tell me that the old T&T plant was really unable to produce anything the way it was constructed, but I think you will find the announced production objective was fructose for the Mexican soft drinks industry, not starch, but the feds never twisted the Mexican tail as is about usual for our gutless Dept. of Commerce bureaucrats. T&T's design problems didn't surprise me, either; England was called Perfidious Albion for a reason, "sign anything; argue forever," as I well know from personal business experience.

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icehead

Apr-02-13 7:17 PM

T&L wasn't going to make fructose. They were going to run a front end refinery only with all the starch going to starch modification and conversion to dextrose for fermentation.

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iRoxxu

Apr-04-13 10:29 AM

ANDY. . .. your spies are overpaid.

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