More than $170 million in central Illinois soybeans are shipped annually to the DuPont Nutrition and Health Gibson City’s processing plant. The facility was on the ground floor of new soybean-processing techniques when opening 75 years ago and continues with state-of-the-art technologies today.
More than $170 million in central Illinois soybeans are shipped annually to the DuPont Nutrition and Health Gibson City’s processing plant. The facility was on the ground floor of new soybean-processing techniques when opening 75 years ago and continues with state-of-the-art technologies today.
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 million.

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.