ATLANTA, Ind. — Beck’s Hybrids announced plans to expand
operations at its Atlanta headquarters with a $60 million investment in
processing, production, research and distribution facilities, as well as
creating new jobs over the next four years.
“Over the last few years, we’ve experienced significant
growth across our marketing area with new sales territories, new facility
locations and new employees,” said Sonny Beck, president of Beck’s Hybrids.
“With this expansion, we’re not just investing in our future, but the future of
New construction projects for 2014 include two new
4,000-square-foot greenhouses and the expansion of the Biotechnology Building.
The Biotechnology Building expansion will provide more office and laboratory
space for Beck’s Hybrids and other companies to use for research and product
Beck’s Hybrids also will add four machinery storage
buildings for trucks and seed equipment.
“With our recent territory expansion into Tennessee, eastern
Iowa and eastern Missouri, it’s important we have the infrastructure in place to
serve farmers with the best in seed quality, field performance and customer
service,” Beck said. “Our family of employees is committed to bringing farmers
an increasing number of new, high-performing products that are specifically
designed to perform on their farms.”
In the next three to four years, the expansion at the
headquarters includes an additional soybean seed processing tower that is
expected to produce 1 million bags of seed in the first year with the capability
of additional quantities in the future. As growth continues, new seed drying and
storage facilities will be constructed.
“Indiana’s economic growth is sprouting from farms across
the state,” said Indiana Lt. Gov. Sue Ellspermann. “Here in America’s heartland,
growing the food on our tables and building the tools for our world remains a
Hoosier specialty. The innovation coming from Beck’s Hybrids melds the two,
developing high-performance seeds for our farmers.”
As part of an initiative with the Indiana Economic
Development Corp. and Hamilton County, Beck’s Hybrids will expand operations at
the headquarters and add 100 new jobs by 2017. Currently, the company employs
400 full-time employees.
Interested applicants may apply by visiting www.beckshybrids.com/quick-links/careers.
Other investments during the expansion include warehouse
renovation, seed production storage, seed equipment and office renovation.
Construction will begin this summer and take about three to
four years to complete.
“We are excited by their continued growth and their decision
to invest in Hamilton County,” said Rick McKinney, president of the Hamilton
The IEDC offered Beck’s Hybrids up to $825,000 in
conditional tax credits and up to $75,000 in training grants based on the
company’s job-creation plans. These tax credits are performance-based, meaning
until Hoosiers are hired, the company is not eligible to claim incentives.
Hamilton County will consider additional property tax
abatement at the request of the Hamilton County Alliance.