EAGLE GROVE - After more than 30 years in operation in Eagle Grove, the Ag Processing Inc. plant is undergoing major equipment upgrades.
Matt Caswell, vice president of Member/Corporate Relations with AGP, said the facility is getting a significant upgrade to its grain processing equipment.
"AGP has been around in Eagle Grove for a long time," said Caswell. "The previous equipment there had been up and running for at least 30 years, since the early 1980s."
-Messenger photo by Emilie Nelson-Jenson
Cranes tower over the AGP plant in Eagle Grove. The plant is getting new extractors and desolventizing equipment.
Caswell said the company sees the upgrades as investments in one of its top soybean processors.
"We, as a company, have had a really good year and want to reinvest in our core businesses," he said. "We are showing Eagle Grove that we are making a good investment in that community."
Caswell said the Eagle Grove plant, which not only processes soybeans but houses a vegetable oil refinery, handles around 33 million bushels of soybeans a year.
That meant that it was time to improve the equipment and technology, he said.
"It was time to make an upgrade," Caswell said. "Over the years, more than 1 billion bushels of soybeans have gone through Eagle Grove. We are adding more efficient equipment and more technology will be a big part of that design."
The upgrades include new stainless steel extractors and desolventizing toasters with a new design.
The construction process is expected to take approximately 10 to 11 weeks. The improvements are part of a scheduled shutdown at the plant.
"This is something we have been planning for a long time," Caswell said. "It was much needed and we hope to have the new equipment up and running by mid to late September."
He added, "Eagle Grove was one of our very first plants. We are very excited to be able to reinvest in the Eagle Grove plant and community."