Work has been completed on Western Sugar’s High Plains construction project, which will allow the Scottsbluff factory to process 8,200 tons of beets daily.
Area Ag Manager Jerry Darnell says new, more efficient equipment shipped from overseas and placed into the area adjacent to East Overland is the reason for the improvement.
Darnell says much of the construction includes equipment that will not be housed inside a building, which may lead to confusion that the project is not complete.
Darnell explained the dry handling equipment next to 21st Avenue will always be in the open. He did say the pellet press area will have a rood put over it within the next month.
Darnell says they were doing test loads today, but were on track to start processing beets on Thursday. He says the Torrington factory will continue to operate for a time this fall, the plan is 30 to 60 days, processing all of the beets purchased in the Torrington and Wheatland areas.