Cargill has announced plans to rebuild and expand an oilseed processing plant in the US.

The facility in West Fargo processes canola and sunflower seeds into edible oil for the food processing and foodservice sectors. It also processes flaxseed for linseed oil for industrial use and protein meal for animal feed. 

The rebuilding is due to start later this autumn and is scheduled to be complete in time for the 2013 harvest. The project’s final costs are expected to total more than US$50m.

The rebuild will enable “continued growth in demand for oils that are low in saturates,” a Cargill spokesperson told just-food today (21 September).

Facility manager Jaysen Schock said the rebuilding of the plant would “modestly increase sunflower and flaxseed processing, plus significantly increase our production of canola oil”.

Schock added: “The existing facility has served us well since we built it 30 years ago, and we are now looking at rebuilding it to meet the needs of our customers for the next 30 years.”

The company said the total number of full-time jobs of 83 “may not change much” after the rebuild. Cargill employs about 530 people at five facilities throughout the state.