ATLANTA, INDIANA, US — Beck’s completed a soybean tower with the capability of processing 3 million bushels of soybeans per year, making it one of the largest in the world.
The east tower doubles Beck’s processing to 6 million bushels at its Atlanta, Indiana, US, location.
“Our family and family of employees are driven to help farmers succeed,” said Sonny Beck, chief executive officer of Beck’s. “We couldn’t be more excited for the completion of the new east soybean tower, which allows us to more efficiently process and deliver additional units of high-quality soybeans to current and future customers.”
The 221’ x 300’ facility features a 10-story, stand-alone processing tower that includes an observation deck with a glass floor for visitors to see soybeans being processed; video monitoring on all machinery operations; state-of-the-art batch treating to allow more versatility of ingredients; five new warehouses for seed and equipment storage; and office space.
“I’m honored to be part of today’s celebration at Beck’s, a strong contributor to Indiana’s agriculture industry,” said Governor Eric J. Holcomb of Indiana. “Life sciences and innovation-based economic development continue driving Indiana’s economy forward, and the growth of Beck’s and the rest of our agriculture industry is proof of that. We’ll continue cultivating an environment where companies like these can thrive for generations to come.”
It will take 60,000 soybean production acres to run at full capacity, equaling 150 incoming semi-trailer loads of soybeans delivered per week. Upon arrival, the soybeans will be stored in the new 125,000 bushel receiving storage facility — 20 bins storing 6,250 bushels. In addition, the facility contains two receiving dumps, two scales, and can process two varieties at once. The tower can process 24,000 bags per day through automated package filling for bulk and mini-bulk bags. Once the soybeans have been processed and packaged, 140 semi-trailer loads will be outgoing weekly.
“This project would not be possible without the support of the Indiana Economic Development Corp. and Hamilton County officials,” Beck said. “With their foresight, dedication to Indiana agribusiness, and passion for the growth of the Hoosier economy, we’ve increased capacity, added jobs, and can better serve farmers across our 14-state marketing area.”