Western Sugar Overhauls Scottsbluff Factory

Going into this year's sugar beet harvest, Western Sugar Cooperative knew the region's farmers produced an all-time record breaking crop. With a 102 year old factory the cooperative spent a lot time, effort and money to process this year's sugar beet crop.

For Western Sugar Cooperative Factory Manager Luke Rust the first step was putting in a lot of time in maintenance in getting the factory ready for this years campaign.

Some capital improvements include the installation of a pile ventilation system to keep beet piles cool, so the beets will store well through the campaign. Inside the factory, Western Sugar invested millions of dollars to improve the reliability of the Scottsbluff Factory.

One of the biggest improvements is the install of thick juice storage tanks. Rust says these tanks will allow the factory to increase it's daily capacity.

With most of these improvements in place, Rust says this year's campaign is running well in processing this year's crop. On a typical day, the factory can slice 48 hundred ton of beets a day while producing 13 thousand five hundred to 14 - thousand hundred weight of sugar produced in a typical day.

After this year's campaign, Western Sugar will re-evaluate the performance of the Scottsbluff factory to determine if more infrastructure improvements to the exterior of the factory.

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