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Richardson Oilseed Products (US) Ltd.

Wesson Production Plant in Memphis to Get $220 Million Upgrade

April 17, 2023
Richardson International will replace current Wesson refinery with an upgraded, expanded refining facility.

Richardson International, owner of the Wesson line of oils, plans to invest $220 million to replace and modernize its Richardson Oilseed Products (US) Ltd. operations in Memphis, Tenn. The multi-phase project will create a new, state-of-the-art oil refining plant that will modernize and increase output. The Memphis facility produces Wesson brand oil for international retail markets, in addition to frying blends and shortenings for industrial and foodservice markets.

The company says the new facility will significantly increase production and refining capacity when finished, and it will also lead to reductions in water and energy use, and wastewater volume. Based in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Richardson has made investments in two of its Canadian operations to expand production in recent years as well.

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Andy Hanacek | Senior Editor

Andy Hanacek has covered meat, poultry, bakery and snack foods as a B2B editor for nearly 20 years, and has toured hundreds of processing plants and food companies, sharing stories of innovation and technological advancement throughout the food supply chain. In 2018, he won a Folio:Eddie Award for his unique "From the Editor's Desk" video blogs, and he has brought home additional awards from Folio and ASBPE over the years. In addition, Hanacek led the Meat Industry Hall of Fame for several years and was vice president of communications for We R Food Safety, a food safety software and consulting company.

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