In August, BASF announced $70 million in capital improvements to its Sparks, Ga., facility to produce seed treatment formulations.
The site expansion includes a new formulation unit, lab expansion and a climate-controlled warehouse, bringing the total site assets to $200 million. As one of seven BASF global production sites for seed treatment products, the site will now directly produce BASF’s seed treatment portfolio, including the Poncho and Votivo 2.0 seed treatment system for corn and ILEVO seed treatment for soybean to protect against Sudden Death Syndrome and nematodes.
“This expansion not only provides benefits to our customers, but to our community as well,” said Mark Wolverton, Sparks site director. “BASF has been a proud supporter of our community for more than 35 years. We look forward to employing local residents from Sparks and the surrounding areas and continuing to contribute to the economic well-being of our region.”
Hiring for the new positions, including production and warehouse operators, lab techs, maintenance tech, supervisory staff, and planning will begin in the fourth quarter of 2020. The newly expanded site areas will be fully operational by the third quarter of next year.