Beck’s Hybrids hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony July 11 at its new Olivia, Minn., site. Beck’s president Scott Beck, with scissors in hand, celebrated with visitors.
After the ribbon-cutting, the Olivia Area Chamber of Commerce presented Scott Beck with a framed certificate containing the company’s first $1 in profit.
Employees at the new Beck’s facility in Olivia posed for a photo July 11. Pictured are Kurt Edwards (front, left), Sheri Swenson, Ronda Berg, Meghan Beckendorf, Jay Gass, Scott Beck, Miranda Mathiason, Natasha Gardeen and Todd Frank, Jack Hanson (back, left), Richard Deinken, Brad Serven, Allan Clouse, Matt Feder, Craig Gartner, Sam Thies and Tom Koch.
Olivia supporters also gathered for a group photo after Beck’s ribbon-cutting event.
Scott Beck (left) said he looks forward to working with Minnesota farmers. Todd Frank (right) is Beck’s corn breeder based in Olivia.
Scott Beck represents the fourth generation in his family’s seed business.
Beck’s bought and remodeled the former corn cannery building in Olivia to support company seed research and distribution in Minnesota. After extensive remodeling, the building opened last fall.
Kurt Edwards, research associate, stands next to a seed counter in the research lab. The machine counts seeds 10 kernels per pink packet. These seeds are then planted in Beck’s research plots.
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After corn is harvested in the fall from Beck’s research plots, ears are closely examined and selected based on company specifications. Then cobs are run through a shelling machine (right, behind colored bins) and are sorted, counted and treated.
Jay Bass, warehouse lead, stands in one of the warehouse rooms in Beck’s Olivia facility. Three rooms provide around 30,000 square feet of storage. Seed stored here will be shipped to dealers in Minnesota, eastern South Dakota and western Wisconsin.
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Beck’s newest facility in Olivia was a natural fit since the city is known as the “Corn Capital of the World.” Olivia assumed the moniker in 1973 when it erected a 50-foot corn monument in town.