Wyoming Sugar Company logoSugar beets are unloaded at the Midvale Receiving Station. (Ernie Over photo) 

(Worland, Wyo.) – A crowd of some 50 dignitaries, sugar beet growers and Governor Matt Mead Wednesday attended the ground breaking ceremony for two new silos at the Wyoming Sugar Company’s refinery.

The new storage silos, according to company VP Vince Salzman, will allow Wyoming Sugar to increase its storage capacity so the sugar produced at the Worland plant can be marketed year-around.

“This investment in infrastructure is important to sugar beet growers in the Wind and Big Horn Basins,” said Wyoming Governor Matt Mead at the groundbreaking, “The new silos give them a means to better compete in a tough marketplace and should be a boost to farmers, the community and the economy. I am proud to be a part of the groundbreaking.”

Estimated cost of the project is around $5 million and work is scheduled to be completed by the end of the year.

Wyoming Sugar operates two sugar beet receiving stations in Fremont County, one midway between Riverton and Shoshoni on Wyoming 789/U.S. 26 just north of the Missouri Valley Road, and the other at Midvale at the intersection of Wyoming 134 and the Eight Mile Road.

This past season, 1,015.6 acres of sugar beets were grown on the Midvale Irrigation District with a 26.87 ton per acre yield giving the crop a value of $1.8 million dollars. Some sugar beet growers are also located on the LeClair and Riverton Valley Irrigation projects, but those statistics were not available.