A groundbreaking ceremony for Lely's new North American campus took place Oct. 22 at the company’s new location in Pella, Iowa. The new campus is expected to open in first quarter 2022.
“This acquisition and expansion for our new campus will allow Lely to further support the North American dairy industry and our Lely Center distribution partners across the U.S. and Canada,” said Lely North America President Chad Huyser. “This first phase of build-out will accommodate our needs today and into the future.”
Lely North America’s new campus spans nearly 60 acres at the intersection of IA-163 and 250th Ave. / Adams Ave. in Pella, Iowa.
The company plans to move all its current operations from existing facilities under one roof upon completion. The new facility includes approximately 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and professional space, as well as a training facility for use by employees and Lely’s distribution partners throughout North America. The current production activities include manufacturing of the Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking system and Lely Luna cow brushes, but the new facility adds the ability to manufacture additional products in the Lely portfolio.
“As we have been on this journey to bring automation and technology solutions forward in North America for more than 20 years, we are also excited to continue to invest in the North American dairy and livestock industry with this new campus expansion. Our first investment in facilities came more than 10 years ago in Pella, and we are proud to further that commitment toward the local community, the state of Iowa and most importantly our dairy producers across North America,” said Andre van Troost, CEO of the Lely Group.
Lely’s new building plan incorporates many sustainable features into the design. The facility will pursue LEED certification, with an overall emphasis on connecting the physical structure of the building to the surrounding Iowa prairie landscape.