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Beck’s to expand Iowa seed processing, distributionBeck’s to expand Iowa seed processing, distribution

Seed company says five-year expansion project will create new jobs and increase processing capacity.

Rod Swoboda 1

January 2, 2018

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IOWA FOCUS: The Beck’s expansion will include a new warehouse and dock space, a new structure for bulk storage, and installation of new color sorter technology.

Beck’s, a family-owned seed company headquartered in Indiana, last week announced an ongoing expansion project for their processing and distribution facility at Mount Pleasant in southeast Iowa. The expansion will begin with a new warehouse and dock space that is projected to be complete in November. Future plans also include a new structure for bulk storage and installation of a new color sorter technology.

Beck’s expanded its hybrid corn and soybean seed marketing efforts from the eastern Corn Belt into the western Corn Belt several years ago when it began selling and processing seed in Iowa.  

Seed marketing expands westward
“Not only is Iowa one of our fastest-growing markets, but our marketing area continues to expand further to the west,” says Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “As we continue to grow, it’s important we have the infrastructure in place to serve farmers with the best in quality seed, performance and customer service. By expanding the processing capacity at our Mount Pleasant facility, we’ll be able to provide farmers with a high level of service that helps their operation succeed.”

Purchased in 2014, Beck’s facility at Mount Pleasant sits on 62 acres and currently has more than 105,000 square feet of warehouses, and 500,000 bushels of bulk storage capacity, along with three double-pass dryers, machinery storage, and sales and agronomic support. Beck’s bought the original seed processing and warehouse facility in 2014 from DuPont Pioneer.

Expansion gets help from state
“Beck’s is committed to growing here in Mount Pleasant and creating jobs in our community,” says Kristi Ray, executive vice president of the Mount Pleasant Area Development Commission. “We are grateful for leaders in the private sector who recognize the strength and potential of our area.”  

The expansion was approved by the Iowa Economic Development Authority board as part of the Iowa High Quality Jobs program. The HQJ provides qualifying businesses assistance to off-set costs incurred to locate, expand or modernize an Iowa facility. The IEDA offers this program to promote growth in businesses, which employ Iowans in jobs defined as high-quality by state statute. The project is expected to create 10 jobs. 

"With this growth we will provide more jobs in the community, which means we will have more people to help us produce a quality seed product to help our customers become more successful," says Daniel Ganz, Beck’s production manager at the southeast Iowa location.

Beck’s 6th largest seed company
Beck’s is a family-owned and operated seed company serving farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa, Missouri, Wisconsin, eastern South Dakota and southern Minnesota. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth-largest seed company in the U.S. and the only one in the top six that’s family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the nation.

To learn more visit beckshybrids.com.

About the Author(s)

Rod Swoboda 1

Editor, Wallaces Farmer

Rod, who has been a member of the editorial staff of Wallaces Farmer magazine since 1976, was appointed editor of the magazine in April 2003. He is widely recognized around the state, especially for his articles on crop production and soil conservation topics, and has won several writing awards, in addition to honors from farm, commodity and conservation organizations.

"As only the tenth person to hold the position of Wallaces Farmer editor in the past 100 years, I take seriously my responsibility to provide readers with timely articles useful to them in their farming operations," Rod says.

Raised on a farm that is still owned and operated by his family, Rod enjoys writing and interviewing farmers and others involved in agriculture, as well as planning and editing the magazine. You can also find Rod at other Farm Progress Company activities where he has responsibilities associated with the magazine, including hosting the Farm Progress Show, Farm Progress Hay Expo and the Iowa Master Farmer program.

A University of Illinois grad with a Bachelors of Science degree in agriculture (ag journalism major), Rod joined Wallaces Farmer after working several years in Washington D.C. as a writer for Farm Business Incorporated.

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