OMAHA, NEBRASKA, U.S. — Gavilon, LLC announced on Nov. 30 plans to construct an edible oil processing, transloading and storage facility in Stockton, California, U.S.

The company will partner with Wilmar International Limited, an Asian agribusiness company, to import and process palm, coconut and palm kernel oils to serve the California and neighboring West Coast markets.

"Our partnership with the leading producer of palm and lauric oils brings unique product and logistic offerings to the California market which are not available today," said Alex Fox, director of strategy and development at Gavilon. "The combination of Wilmar’s raw material and processing strengths, Gavilon’s marketing and distribution capabilities, and a new, state-of-the-art facility will provide significant supply chain benefits for our customers."

The facility will be located in the Port of Stockton and is expected to be operational by mid-2013. Centrally located in California, along Interstate 5 for convenient truck access, the facility will receive ocean bulk cargo vessels and connect with Union Pacific and Burlington Northern railroads.