Bunge to discontinue crush operations in Marks, Mississippi
October 29, 2007 - St. Louis, Missouri - Bunge North America, the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), announced that it is discontinuing soybean processing operations at its plant in Marks, Miss. by the end of the year. The facility will remain open as a grain elevator and will expand its operations to include wheat and corn in addition to soybeans.
"A combination of factors led to the difficult decision to stop crushing including the age and inefficiency of the plant and an insufficient year round supply of local beans," said Greg Bechtel, vice president and general manager, Bunge Oilseed Processing. "As a member of the Marks community for more than 25 years, we are disappointed that we must end crushing operations but we are pleased that we will continue to serve local farmers with an expansion of our grain capabilities in Marks."
Some of the facility's 65 employees will remain on staff to operate the elevator. Employees will also have the opportunity apply for positions at other Bunge plants.
Bunge will honor all soybean contracts as well as its meal and oil contracts. In addition, the company will begin posting bids for wheat and corn in the near future. The facility will continue to receive soybeans and will begin receiving grain with the 2008 wheat harvest.
About Bunge North America
Bunge North America (www.bungenorthamerica.com), the North American operating arm of Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG), is a vertically integrated food and feed ingredient company, supplying raw and processed agricultural commodities and specialized food ingredients to a wide range of customers in the livestock, poultry, food processor, foodservice and bakery industries. With headquarters in St. Louis, Missouri, Bunge North America and its subsidiaries operate grain elevators, oilseed processing plants, edible oil refineries and packaging facilities, and corn dry mills in the U.S., Canada and Mexico.
About Bunge Limited
Bunge Limited (www.bunge.com) is a leading global agribusiness and food company founded in 1818 and headquartered in White Plains, New York. Bunge's over 22,000 employees in over 30 countries enhance lives by improving the global agribusiness and food production chain. The company supplies fertilizer to farmers in South America, originates, transports and processes oilseeds, grains and other agricultural commodities worldwide, produces food products for commercial customers and consumers and supplies raw materials and services to the biofuels industry.
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