ZFS Ithaca, LLC is poised to take over the role of Michigan’s largest soybean processor, a title held by its affiliate, Zeeland Farm Services, Inc., for more than 20 years.

ZFS® Ithaca will be a 40 million bushel per year soybean processing operation, a 4 million bushel grain storage facility and a feed ingredients transloading site serviced by both rail and truck. Located in the beautiful city of Ithaca in central Michigan, ZFS Ithaca is expected to quadruple the state’s soybean processing capacity and will impact agriculture in the state for decades.

The grain elevator is expected to be operational in late summer of 2019, while the soy processing plant is in the permitting and engineering stage and is slated to be online in the spring or summer of 2020.

The new plant will create about 75 jobs and is expected to raise the value of soybeans for producers, while reducing the cost of soybean meal, a primary feed ingredient for Michigan’s livestock herds and poultry flocks. It will also bring several infrastructure upgrades to Ithaca and its surrounding area.