Due to continued 20% growth per year for the past 20 years, Beck’s Hybrids is expanding operations by adding a Research Building at the Atlanta, Ind., headquarters. The new research facility will allow for future growth in testing the latest innovative seed technologies and germplasm from suppliers worldwide.
“Our continued growth and expansion is driven by the increasing demands of our customers, who want more high-performing products suited for their acres,” said Sonny Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids. “The new research building will provide the capacity to bring an increasing number of new, innovative seed products to our customers.”
The 100’ x 305’ Research Building is part of phase one of the $24.5 million expansion project. The facility will feature 13 offices, as well as the following areas devoted to research: a seed laboratory, climate controlled seed storage, automated processing equipment, and flat storage for equipment and experimental seed. A 400 person capacity meeting room will also be included in the facility. Construction on the Research Building will be completed near the end of 2011.
As part of an initiative with the Indiana Economic Development Corporation (IEDC), Beck’s Hybrids will expand operations at the headquarters and add 72 new jobs by 2015. Beck’s Hybrids will invest in several new facilities for research, production, processing and logistics operations. Beck’s currently employs 250 full-time employees.