Beck’s Hybrids, the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the U.S., last week announced plans to build on a site purchased at Colfax in central Iowa. Located on 80 acres, the new facility will feature a $15 million seed distribution center that will cover 90,000 square feet. The site will also have a Beck’s Practical Farm Research area for plots and field trials, and a place for the company to provide farmers with education and agronomic support.
“We’re not only excited to plant our roots deeper in Iowa, but we’re thrilled to have the opportunity to work more closely with Iowa farmers,” says Scott Beck, company president. “By adding a facility in central Iowa, we’ll be able to provide local distribution, agronomic research and services, and a broad choice of seed and traits.”
Based in Indiana, Beck’s has locations in eight states. The company intends to break ground on the Colfax, Iowa project in August 2015 with a tentative move-in date of June 2016. In 2014 Beck’s bought the former DuPont Pioneer seed production facility at Mt. Pleasant in southeast Iowa. Beck’s also has a corn breeding and research facility near Marshalltown in east-central Iowa.
Beck’s PFR program tests crop management practices
Besides having a seed distribution center, the new location at Colfax will serve as a resource for farmers to learn and make decisions from Beck’s Practical Farm Research program. “Designed with the farmer in mind, Beck’s PFR studies highlight how different management practices and new technologies perform in field environments,” says Scott Beck. Farmers can expect to see PFR studies at the new site during the 2016 growing season.
“Our community takes great pride knowing Beck’s chose Jasper County to expand their research and distribution,” says Chaz Allen, an Iowa state senator serving in the Iowa Legislature. Allen is also executive director of the Jasper County Economic Development Corporation. “Beck’s is demonstrating a strong commitment to investing in the state of Iowa and I look forward to working with them as they continue to grow.”
Beck’s already has two additional locations in Iowa
The Beck’s facility at Mt. Pleasant provides seed processing and distribution, along with sales and agronomic support. Beck’s facility at Marshalltown is a research station for Beck’s corn breeding and testing program.
“As we continue to experience significant growth across our marketing area, we’re committed to staying true to our culture,” says Sonny Beck, CEO of Beck’s Hybrids. “A culture built upon the hard work, faith and innovation of our family and family of employees. Each day, we look forward to providing our customers with the best in seed quality, field performance and service.”
Beck’s Colfax facility is expected to be complete by fall 2016 will provide multiple job opportunities including full-time positions in distribution, service, agronomic support and PFR. For more information, visit beckshybrids.com or call 800-937-2325.