Project Number: 20150801
Pilot Type: Retention
Status: Approved
Parcel ID: 094100 00292 / 093400 00506
County Commission District: 11 | City Council District: 3


Solae LLC was approved for an 11-year retention PILOT to enable the company to retain 276 jobs and invest more than $20 million at their 4272 S. Mendenhall Road and 5605 Holmescrest facilities.

Solae will invest $250,000 in real property improvements at its warehouse located at 5605 Holmescrest and $20,000,000 in personal property improvements at 4272 S. Mendenhall.

In addition, Solae will receive $12,356,579 in Community Reinvestment Credit (CRC) for the use of 53 percent (469,050 SF) of the Holmescrest warehouse, for a total capital investment of $32,606,579.

The average annual salary of the 276 retained employees is $62,961. The project will create $18,866,877 in new tax revenue for Memphis and Shelby County, and has a benefit to cost ratio of $3.85 of new tax revenue for every $1 of taxes abated.

The PILOT will enable Solae to reduce overhead cost and improve competitive position in the global market. Manufacturing costs determine whether to maintain or expand business and employment versus other Solae LLC. plant sites globally.

The retention PILOT will allow for expansion and future growth within Memphis and Shelby County.

Founded in 1958, Solae, LLC develops food, feed and industrial ingredients focusing on soy. Solae ingredients are used in more than 80 percent of all clinical research on soy protein. Solae was formed as a joint venture between DuPont and Bunge Limited. On May 1, 2012, Solae announced that DuPont had acquired Bunge's 28% share, thus taking full ownership of the company. Solae, LLC’s local plant product is sold globally and is in many mainstay consumer foods. Additionally, Solae’s product is the base for baby formula for infants that are lactose intolerant.



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Projected Taxes Abated:

City: $2,144,132 (80%)
County: $2,762,349 (75%)

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Compliance Information

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Ramp up Period

2 years


12/31/2015 (Real)
12/31/2016 (Personal)



Lease Begins

12/31/2015 (Real)
12/31/2016 (Personal)

Lease Expires

3/31/2025 (Real)
12/31/2028 (Personal)



Property Details

Lease Began

12/31/2015 (Real)
12/31/2016 (Personal)

Lease Expires

3/31/2025 (Real)
12/31/2028 (Personal)

Solae, LLC

4272 South Mendenhall Road, Memphis, TN 38141