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Norfolk Crush hires CEO

Chad Spohn is set to take on the role of president and CEO at Norfolk Crush, starting from January 1, 2024. With over 24 years of experience at ADM, where he served in various capacities, including his most recent position as vice president overseeing commercial activities for the company’s Western US soy crush and grain assets, Spohn brings a wealth of expertise to his new position. His background includes roles such as general manager, commercial manager, product line manager, and merchandiser at ADM. Spohn holds a bachelor’s degree in agricultural business and management from the University of Nebraska—Lincoln and a master’s degree in business administration from Millikin University.

Norfolk Crush is in the process of constructing a $375 million soybean crushing plant in Madison County near Norfolk, which is anticipated to be operational soon. The facility aims to crush 38.5 million bushels of soybeans annually, equivalent to 110,000 bushels per day. Once operational, Norfolk Crush will produce 847,000 tons of soybean meal per year (2,420 tons per day) for livestock feed markets, along with 450 million pounds of crude soybean oil per year (1.28 million pounds per day) and 77,000 tons of pelleted soybean hulls per year (220 tons per day). The company plans to use the soymeal and soy hulls, known for their highly digestible fiber content, in livestock feed rations.

Norfolk Crush plans $375M Soybean Plant in Nebraska

Reporting: Feed and Grain

Norfolk Crush, LLC has unveiled plans to invest $375 million to build a new soybean crushing plant near Norfolk, NE.

Nick Bowdish, president and CEO of N Bowdish Company LLC, says the plant will be built in Madison County, pending state and local approvals.
Bowdish says the project is slated to begin in the spring of 2022, with the company hoping for it to become operational in 2024.

Norfolk Crush has selected Fagen, Inc. to be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant.

Once operational, the plant is expected to crush 38.5 million bushels of soybeans/year, or 110,000 bushels/day.

Norfolk Crush will produce 847,000 tons of soybean meal/year (2,420 tons/day) for livestock feed markets, 450 million pounds of crude soybean oil/year (1.28 million pounds/day), and 77,000 tons of pelleted soybean hulls/year (220 tons/day).

The soymeal and soy hulls, which contain highly digestible fiber, will be used in livestock feed rations, the company said.

“This will be the first modern soybean processing facility to begin operations in Nebraska,” says Bowdish.

Bowdish says the site of the operation, named Norfolk Crush, LLC, will be 480 acres. He is also in the process of developing Platinum Crush in Buena Vista County, IA.

In addition to the Platinum Crush facility in Iowa, there have been several announcements of new soybean crushing plant projects over the last 12 months:

  • Ag Processing Inc. (AGP) announced in January that it plans to build a new soybean processing plant near David City, NE, which will have the capacity to process more than 50 million bushels of soybeans/year
  • In December 2021, CGB Enterprises, Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors (MnSP) announced a joint venture for the construction of a soybean processing plant near Casselton, ND, that is expected to crush 42.5 million bushels of soybeans the first year
  • Last August, ADM said it would build a $350 million crush and refining complex with the capacity to process 150,000 bushels of soybeans/day in Spiritwood, ND

Norfolk Crush gets approval to Move Forward with Construction

Reporting: Northeast News Channel Nebraska

Norfolk Crush recently received approval from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy for a building permit in November, allowing them to move forward with the construction of its $355 million soybean crush facility.

NORFOLK, Neb. — Norfolk Crush recently received approval from the Nebraska Department of Environment and Energy for a building permit in November, allowing them to move forward with the construction of its $355 million soybean crush facility.

Norfolk City Administrator, Andy Colvin, said the plant’s economic impact on Norfolk and the surrounding areas will be noticeable.

“Anytime you have a large presence like Norfolk Crush, it’s going to directly benefit and have that value added to agriculture and northeast Nebraska is going to reap benefits multiple time over Norfolk,” Colvin said. “That money that is normally spent here will multiply over and over again, you know at restaurants and shopping and housing within the new employees that they’re going to be having. So the rollover effect that you are going to feel from that is going to be tremendous I would say.”

Norfolk Crush has already begun working on its 480-acre site with plans to be in operation by the end of 2024.

Colvin said Norfolk Crush has little work left to be done to meet city requirements, noting that discussions are being had to handle community members’ concerns of railroad traffic.

“There are some concerns I’ve heard within the community like ‘How many railcars are passing through?; What will the extra rail traffic be?; And how that could impact the community?'” Colvin said. “Again those are things that we can work with Norfolk Crush on and try to find the best way forward that will be the best for everybody in the community and Norfolk Crush as well.”

According to the city, Norfolk Crush will produce up to 55 new jobs within the community.

Norfolk Crush is also expected to produce over 800,000 tons of soybean meal per year along with 450 million pounds of crude soybean oil per year.

Norfolk Crush Plans $375 Million Soybean Crushing Plant

Reporting:  www.bakingbusiness.com

NORFOLK, NEB. — Norfolk Crush, LLC has unveiled plans to invest $375 million to build a new soybean crushing plant in Madison County near Norfolk.

Groundbreaking on the project is slated for later this spring, and, once operational, the plant is expected to crush 38.5 million bus of soybeans per year, or 110,000 bus per day. Norfolk Crush will produce 847,000 tons of soybean meal per year (2,420 tons per day) for livestock feed markets, 450 million lbs of crude soybean oil per year (1.28 million lbs per day), and 77,000 tons of pelleted soybean hulls per year (220 tons per day). The soymeal and soy hulls (which contain highly digestible fiber) will be used in livestock feed rations, the company said.

Meanwhile, soybean oil from Norfolk Crush can be used for a variety of applications, including the rapidly expanding renewable diesel industry.

“This will be the first modern soybean processing facility to begin operations in Nebraska,” said Nick Bowdish, president and chief executive officer of N Bowdish Company LLC. In addition to spearheading the development of Norfolk Crush, Bowdish is helping lead the development of Platinum Crush, LLC, which last fall announced plans to build a similar size soybean crushing plant in Buena Vista County near Alta, Iowa.

While the new plant in Nebraska is pending state and local approvals, Norfolk Crush said it has selected Fagen, Inc. to be the engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) contractor for the plant.

“Fagen, Inc. is excited to work with Nick Bowdish on another fantastic project,” said Chris Howard, president and CEO of Fagen, Inc. “The Norfolk area is a great location for a soybean crush facility, which will make a lasting, positive impact on the region.”

Mr. Howard said Fagen began engineering efforts in October 2021 and has secured the major equipment required to meet the planned mobilization date and to bring the plant operational in 2024.

The Nebraska Central Railroad Co. and Union Pacific Railroad will serve Norfolk Crush.

“Union Pacific is proud to partner with Norfolk Crush to serve Nebraska’s ag community with service from the new soybean crush facility,” said Jason Hess, vice president of marketing and sales bulk at UP. “Our network provides access to domestic and export markets, giving Norfolk Crush flexibility to compete globally.”

Norfolk Crush’s plans join a growing list of soybean crushing plant projects that have been announced over the past 12 months. In December 2021, CGB Enterprises, Inc. and Minnesota Soybean Processors announced they are forming a joint venture for the construction of a soybean processing plant near Casselton, ND, that is expected to crush 42.5 million bus of soybeans in the first year.  Earlier, ADM said it would build North Dakota’s first-ever dedicated soybean crushing plant and refinery in Spiritwood, North Dakota, US. The approximately $350 million crush and refining complex will feature state-of-the-art automation technology and have the capacity to process 150,000 bus of soybeans per day.