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Central Soya, Decatur, Indiana photographs

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: SP004

Scope and Contents

This collection contains photographs of the construction at Central Soya in Decatur, Indiana in 1958. These photographs depict the various stages in the construction of buildings and storage facilities. MacLean Photo Service in Decatur, Indiana originally took the photographs. This company also numbered and dated the photographs wehen they were taken. Photographs of Central Soya are arranged by the dates on the back. Also within the collection is one picture without a date, on the back side of this picture is written, "Shafer and Schurst Co., Ft. Wayne,Decatur Herald and Review." This photograph is at the end of the collection.


  • 1958


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights resides with the creators of the documents or their legal heirs and assigns. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical / Historical

Central Soya Company, Incorporated was founded in 1934 by Dale W. McMillen to process soybeans for use in animal feed supplements. The first Central Soya processing plant was built in Decatur, Indiana. In 1935, McMillen established the business' corporate headquarters and central offices in Fort Wayne, Indiana. The company continued to expand along with the uses for its products, allowing them to be used in the food and industrial sectors. McMillen retired from Central Soya in 1953. Central Soya constructed new facilities for storage in Decatur, Indiana in 1958.

In 1985, the company was acquired by Shamrock Capital L.P. and then sold to Ferruzzi Group, a multinational corporation based in Ravenna, Italy in 1987. In 1994, there was an explosion at the Indianapolis soybean-processing plant, which injured several people and caused extensive property damage to the surrounding neighborhood. The Indianapolis plant was closed, though a grain elevator and feed mill remained on the west side of Indianapolis. In 2002, Central Soya was acquired by Bunge Limited with the merger of the company's parent firm, Cereol S.A., a France-based oilseed processor. Central Soya's operations were moved from Fort Wayne to St. Louis, Missouri in June, 2004. At that time, Central Soya ceased existing as a corporate entity, and its operations split between Bunge North America's oilseed procesisng group and Solae, which was headquartered in St. Louis.


Items in the collection.

Bunge North America. "Our History." Accessed February 14, 2019.

"Central Soya Company, Inc." International Directory of Company Histories, vol. 7, edited by Paula Kepos and Thomas Derdak, 81-83. Chicago: St. James Press, 1993.

"Central Soya: New Plant Coming, But Not to Indy.", October 25, 1994. Accessed February 14, 2019.

"Central Soya to Leave Fort Wayne.", February 28, 2006. Accessed Februray 14, 2019.

"Explosion at Indy Feed Mill.", June 28, 1994. Accessed February 14, 2019.

Shurtleff, William, and Akiko Aoyagi. "Central Soya Company (1934- ): Work with Soy." Soyfoods Center. Copyright 2004. Accesed February 14, 2019.


0.03 Cubic Feet (3 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation from Bruce H. Bruemmer, Cargill, Inc. in 2003/05.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed in 2004 by Amy C. Belcher. EAD finding aid created in 2004 by Amy C. Belcher. EAD finding aid revised 2019/02/14 by Brittany Kropf.
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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

140 North Senate Avenue
Indianapolis, Indiana 46204 U.S.A.