Richardson International has announced a significant investment in its Wesson Oil facility based in Memphis, Tennessee. This multi-phase project will replace the existing refinery with a new, state-of-the-art refinery plant, furthering the business’ ability to fulfil customer requirements and a growing global demand for vegetable oil.
“The Wesson Oil facility in Memphis provides Richardson a strong retail brand and a great location supported by a very dedicated team of employees,” said Tobias Dewey, Vice-President, Oilseed Operations, Richardson. “Collectively, these elements provided the confidence to support meaningful investment and innovation in the Memphis plant’s operations – including significantly expanding our industrial and food service offerings. We are excited that this plan will soon become fully realised.”
When completed, the new refinery will modernise the site and significantly increase production and refining capacity. Improved efficiencies will also drive reductions in water, energy and wastewater voluemes.
“There is a 360-degree aspect to what we do. In considering our employees, our plant, and the local community, Richardson strives to be a responsible operation,” explained Jason Medawar, Senior Director, Operations, Memphis. “This latest announcement underscores our commitment to business sustainability, to best-in-class facilities, and to our team at Memphis. It also underscores a broader commitment to Shelby County, the city of Memphis, and the state of Tennessee. We are all proud to be part of a company that is here for the long term and an organisation that is committed to making a positive impact in the broader community where we do business.”
Expansion and modernisation of the Memphis site follows closely beyond additional initiatives from its oilseed processing division, including a three-year expansion project at their facility in Yorkton, Saskatchewan.
Investments underscore the company’s commitment to delivering efficiency and quality, all while reducing impact on the environment.
“We seek opportunities for enhancing our capabilities and providing an increasingly efficient means for meeting the needs of our food ingredient customers and a broader consumptive marketplace,” added Darrell Sobkow, Executive Vice-President, Processing, Food, and Ingredients, Richardson. “With best-in-class assets, and by leveraging synergies in our integrated network, we are focused on maintaining our reputation as a reliable supplier and a partner of choice.”
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