GIBSON CITY, Ill. — This Ford County community has been
synonymous with soybeans for more than seven decades.
The large, soybean-processing facility that greets travelers
along Illinois 47 and 9 on Gibson City’s west side purchases $170 million of
soybeans annually from area farmers.
DuPont Nutrition and Health Gibson City’s product lines
include soybean meal, soybean oil, soy protein concentrate, soy lecithin, soy
protein flour, texturized soy concentrate and soy protein nuggets.
The plant also operates two distribution centers in Gibson
City and has 150 employees with an annual payroll and benefits exceeding $11.5
Purchased by DuPont in 2004, the plant first opened as a
Central Soya grain elevator and soybean-crushing facility in 1939.
Central Soya was a leader during the 1930s in the
development of solvent extraction, soy protein-based feed concentrates and mixed
feeds and, during the 1960s and 1970s, in the development of soy protein
isolates and concentrates.
The Central Soya corporate name was changed to Solae in
2003, when its operation became part of the Bunge-DuPont joint venture, and
later became known as DuPont Nutrition and Health Gibson City.