Lansing Sugar Plant


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Lansing Sugar Plant

Lansing Sugar Plant

The Lansing Sugar Plant has been known by several names throughout its history: the Owosso Sugar Plant, the Lansing Sugar Plant, and finally in 1924, the Michigan Sugar Plant. It was built in 1901 by the Cleveland firm Kilby Manufacturing Company, which also supplied the machinery. The plant was torn down in 1954. The Lansing Sugar Plant processed a tremendous amount of sugar beets. Each freight car carried 52 tons of sugar beets, and on an average day over 500 tons would arrive. The plant ran three shifts and employed over 250 men. In 1902 the plant produced 500 barrels of sugar a day. In 1934 alone, the plant produced 35,000 tons of sugar.