Fagen selected as EPC contractor for $300 million soybean crush plant in Minnesota
Epitome Energy LLC announced Aug. 16 that is has awarded Fagen Inc. an EPC contract to build its $300 million soybean crush facility in Crookston, Minnesota, scaled to process 42 million bushels a year. Phase two of the project may include an operation to produce refined, bleached and deodorized (RBD) soybean oil.
Dennis Egan, president and CEO of Epitome Energy, said Fagen was the project’s clear choice for contractors.
“Fagen’s vast experience, quality workmanship, and commitment to safety were key factors in making this important decision,” he said. “We are excited to see progress continue.”
CEO Aaron Fagen said, “We pride ourselves in being the leader in renewable fuels construction, and we share Epitome Energy’s goal of providing facilities that benefit our nation’s farmers and add value to the regional economy. Fagen has over 30 years of experience in this industry, and we are proud to put our expertise to work right here at home in Minnesota.”
More than 1.8 million acres of soybeans are planted in the counties surrounding Crookston, Minnesota, in the northwest part of the state. According to a recent study by the University of Minnesota Extension Office, the new crush facility will generate more than $300 million of new economic activity in the 11-county region of northwest Minnesota and improve the basis of every bushel of soybeans grown in the region.