RICHLAND, WASHINGTON, US — Central Washington Corn Processors has announced plans to invest $4.3 million to expand its Richland “flat house” to accommodate space for soy meal, according to the Tri-Cities Area Journal of Business.

According to the newspaper, the flat house will be extended to 916 feet, about a third longer than the original 616 feet. In total, the project will boost the facility’s footprint to nearly 142,000 square feet.

Dennis Kyllo, one of CWCP’s five principal owners, told the newspaper that the expansion will make the company more efficient. Currently, soy meal that is received is immediately transferred to trucks and sent to customers, a process that has created challenges around timing deliveries. Once the expansion is complete, CWCP said it will be able to store the soy meal.

In addition to soy meal, CWCP handles corn, canola, dried distillers’ grain and whole cotton seed.

CWCP opened the Richland location in late 2016. The site is served by an 8,600-foot rail loop used by both BNSF Railway and Union Pacific Railroad.

The addition should be complete by the end of the year, Kyllo told the newspaper.