Wisconsin may get $150M soybean crushing facility

WAUPUN, Wis. (AP) — Developers plan to build a $150 million soybean processing plant at an industrial park in eastern Wisconsin.

Waupun officials announced the project developed by the Wisconsin Soybean Crushing Plant in a news release Wednesday, The Daily Citizen reported .

Crushing facilities process soybeans into soy oil, soy protein and meal used for animal feed. Soybeans produced in Wisconsin now must be shipped out of state for processing.

Wisconsin has about 18,000 soybean farmers who produced 101 million bushels in 2017, according to the news release.

WSBCP is seeking an air pollution permit from the state Department of Natural Resources. A public hearing on the permit has been set for June 28, while public input on the permit will be collected until July 11.

The facility will be able to process more than 3,500 tons of soybeans daily, according to the air permit application. The facility is expected to employ almost 40 full-time staff, the release stated.

Construction would begin next year with the facility opening in 2020.