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Perdue pays $2.5M for land housing soybean-processing plant

Despite legal challenges, construction is underway

A rendering shows the soybean-processing plant Perdue AgriBusiness LLC is building. - (Photo / Submitted)

Maryland-based Perdue AgriBusiness LLC officially paid $2.5 million for the land in Lancaster County where it is building a soybean-processing plant.

Perdue bought the Conoy Township land from Lancaster County Solid Waste Management Authority on June 22, according to Perdue spokesperson Julie DeYoung.

Perdue paid about $2.5 million, according to the Lancaster County Recorder of Deeds.

Perdue is building a plant that will process soybeans, reducing transportation costs for farmers who are currently shipping soybeans out-of-state for processing.  

York based Stewart and Tate Inc. is working on the construction, which is predicted to be complete in time for soybean harvest in fall 2017.

Preliminary site work began last fall, and construction has been ongoing since June, despite legal action taken in June by midstate residents opposed to Perdue’s plans.

The residents are concerned about the facility’s impact on air quality in Lancaster and York counties. They appealed the Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection’s approval of an air plan for the soybean plant.

The department approved the soybean plant’s air plan in May, stating that the plan imposes the most stringent emissions limits for any soybean processing facility in the country.

The case is before the Pennsylvania Environmental Hearing Board, but the average case takes about 18 months to resolve, according to Harrisburg attorney William Cluck, who is representing residents.

The appeal is one of many legal battles Perdue has fought in the five years since it announced plans for the soybean plant.

Perdue said that its soybean facility will represent an investment of more than $60 million.

The investment will generate more than 150 construction jobs, 35 long-term jobs upon completion and an anticipated 500 additional jobs in crop production and transportation, according to Perdue.

Lenay Ruhl

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