The J. R. Simplot Company will expand its Rock Springs, Wyo., fertilizer manufacturing facility with work commencing on the project immediately.

To meet the increasing demand for critical plant nutrients, Simplot’s first phase of expansion projects will increase dry phosphate production by more than 30 percent.  These expansion efforts will also provide the foundation for future capacity growth in both liquid and dry fertilizers.

“The initial stage is expected to be operational by early 2014,” said Martin Hunt, vice president of mining and manufacturing for Simplot.  “This expansion aligns well with our strategic growth objectives, while helping diversify our product offering. A portion of the increased production resulting from these expansion efforts will go to Simplot’s new 40 ROCKbranded product (12-40-0-6.5-1Zn).”

The company’s Vernal, Utah, mine supplies phosphate ore to the Rock Springs manufacturing facility and is expected to meet the incremental ore volumes for expansion efforts without further investment.

Growing and adapting to meet the needs of a rapidly changing customer is critical to future business success, according to Garrett Lofto, president of the Simplot AgriBusiness Group.  “The need for expansion in agriculture continues to accelerate as the global demand for food, feed, fiber, and fuel increases. This expansion is an exciting opportunity for us and we are confident employees at both Rock Springs and Vernal will continue to take our integrated phosphate operation to new levels of success.” 

Simplot President and CEO Bill Whitacre said, “For more than 75 years, the J. R. Simplot Company has played a key role in various sectors of the global food and agriculture system, and our commitment to this responsibility remains unchanged today.”