ADM opens Portland sweetener terminal

by Eric Schroeder
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PORTLAND, ORE. — Archer Daniels Midland Co. has opened a new Portland terminal used to transfer liquid and dry bulk sweetener products from railcars to trucks for delivery to food customers throughout the Northwest U.S.

The facility replaces the company’s former McLoughlin Boulevard operation, which was built in 1945 and handled more than 200 million lbs of product per year. A portion of the land that housed the former location was claimed under eminent domain in 2010 by the Tri-County Metropolitan Transportation District of Oregon as part of the Portland–Milwaukie Light Rail Project. All of the former operation’s 13 employees will work at the new facility.

“This new sweetener terminal will expand our warehousing and sweetener handling capabilities in the area and allow ADM to continue meeting our customers’ needs,” said Chris Cuddy, president of Sweeteners and Starches, for ADM. “The location provides us with access to the major railroads in the area and is well-positioned to serve our customers throughout the Pacific Northwest.”

The new terminal will handle corn syrup, high-fructose corn syrup, starches and dry and liquid sugar. The terminal includes four truck-loading bays, tanks for making custom-blended products, melting tanks to liquefy dry sucrose, and a 32,000-square-foot warehouse.

“The Port’s Rivergate Industrial District is an important transportation and logistics center serving our region and city, where rivers, roads and rail intersect to create a world class distribution and manufacturing hub,” said Sam Ruda, chief commercial officer for the Port of Portland. “ADM’s new facility reinforces the viability of Portland as a key location to establish a base of operations. We welcome our new neighbors and recognize their commitment to Portland through the investments they have made.”

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