Syngenta says it's preparing a $63 million expansion at its seed corn production facility at Phillips in south-central Nebraska.
The plant is on U.S. Highway 34 in Hamilton County, about 11
miles west of Aurora.
The expansion will support contracting as many as 5,500 additional
acres of seed corn.
The company says it will acquire about 42 more acres of land to
erect a new receiving facility and increase seed storage.
Syngenta says construction is to begin in June and should be
completed in time for the 2013 harvest.
An increasing national demand means big expansion for the Syngenta corn production facility in Phillips.
The current plant sits on just 18 acres, with 28 full-time staff on site and 25-200 seasonal employees, given the time of year.
But the expansion will more than triple the current site area, and add several jobs.
"It's going to be a significant increase in both full time and seasonal head count," Plant Manager Bill Hunter says.
Aurora Area Chamber of Commerce Director Christian Evans says it's a project people in Phillips and surrounding Hamilton County are excited about.
"It means not only new employees, but those employees need a place to live, and those employees need a place to shop, so it helps broaden the tax base for everyone," Evans says.
Hunter says it's also a sign of growth in the demand for seed nation-wide.
"Corn production here in central Nebraska is very important," Hunter says. "We've always been a high-yielding reliable supplier of seed and given that we sit on our most important resource, which is water, it was a great opportunity for us to expand."
Evans says Phillips is the perfect place for the Switzerland-based company to expand because of its proximity to raw materials.
"Being near the source of what's being grown, or near those raw materials, is becoming increasingly important because it just cuts down on your costs," Evans says.