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  • This photo shows a portion of the 300-acre Hershey Industrial Rail Park.  The existing Greenbrier building has been purchased in a cooperative effort between the North Platte Chamber and Development Corporation and Lincoln County and will serve as a catalyst to develop the remainder of the rail park.  The Union Pacific mainline borders the park, and the proposed Soybean Processing facility will be located on the 80 acres on the far east end of the park.

  • North Platte Chamber & Development Corporation Selects White River Soy Processing to Develop Oilseed Processing Plant


    Omaha, Neb., Dec. 7, 2023 – White River Soy Processing, LLC (White River) announced today that it has been selected by the North Platte Chamber & Development Corporation (the Chamber) to develop an oilseed processing plant at the Hershey Rail Park, a 300-acre industrial rail park located eight miles west of North Platte, near Hershey, Nebraska.

    “The Chamber has invested several months of time and energy, as well as conducting a very extensive feasibility study to land an oilseed crushing plant in our region,” said Gary Person, President & CEO of the Chamber. “We have an ideal Midwestern location with an emerging industrial rail park and inland port authority, agriculture producers committed to the concept and we can offer an incentive package that makes the project very attractive for investors. We are excited about our partnership with White River and have full confidence in their experienced team of professionals that will drive this project to a success as the anchor in our business park.”

    The project has received support from Gov. Jim Pillen, Union Pacific Railroad, the Nebraska Legislature, Lincoln County Commissioners, the Village of Hershey, the City of North Platte, Greenbrier Rail Services, various utility partners, and local landowners.

    “An oilseed processing plant at the Hershey Rail Park is a great opportunity for Nebraska’s soybean farmers and livestock producers,” said Governor Jim Pillen. “The site is also well positioned to contribute significantly to the economic growth of North Platte, Hershey, and surrounding communities, and further positions our state as an agricultural leader.”

    White River, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., develops and operates oilseed processing facilities in the U.S. The company is supported by agricultural-focused investors and its team has decades of experience in grain processing, from plant operations to risk management and finance.

    “Following the selection of White River for the exclusive development of this project, we are now focused on completing the capital raise,” said Walter Cronin, Co-Founder and President of White River. “The support from our investors and partners has been instrumental to our progress and will continue to play a crucial role in bringing this great opportunity to fruition. We also extend a sincere thank you to the Chamber for selecting us as the developer and to Gov. Pillen and many community partners for their support.”

    Ongoing updates on the development of the oilseed processing plant will be available at www.whiteriversoy.com.

    About White River Soy Processing

    White River Soy Processing, LLC, headquartered in Omaha, Neb., develops and operates oilseed processing facilities in the U.S. With a commitment to excellence in production and safety for our employees, our team leverages decades of experience in soybean processing and is driven to produce the highest quality vegetable protein meal and oil for better nutritional outcomes. We are passionate about building lasting partnerships with farmers, contributing to our communities, and delivering superior soybean products to our customers. Learn more at www.whiteriversoy.com.



    More information on the Nebraska International Port of the Plains: https://lincolncountyne.gov/inland-port-authority/

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