It’s not often that a fire turns out to be a blessing for a company and its customers; but that is what an inferno at Star Seed, Inc. turned out to be when it destroyed the company’s main facility nearly two years ago. Granted, it affected business for several months. However, Star Seed is now back with a new state-of-the-art seed plant that is recognized as one of the most advanced facility of its kind in the industry.
To celebrate, Star Seed will host a Facility Grand Opening on Aug.22, 2015, to showcase the reconstruction of its production plant and to show appreciation to their customers and the community — particularly those who have supported the company over the past 85 years and stuck by them through the reconstruction process.
“We’ve been around as a company since 1920 and have been part of the Osborne community since 1930,” says Tom Lutgen, President of Star Seeds, Inc. “However, since the fire, we’ve been in two different locations over the last year and a half, and we’ve seen a lot of challenges. So, we want to invite the community to see how we’ve come back from adversity and where we’re going in the future.”
With customers throughout the United States, Star Seed produces a wide variety of grass, grain and legume seed, including wheat, oats, barley, rye, triticale, alfalfa, clover and brassicas, as well as lawn grass, native grass, food plot mixes and wildflowers. The company also offers both wholesale and retail sales.
According to Lutgen, Star Seed didn’t just rebuild, but expanded and improved the facilities in the process. Capacity, for example, is now four times greater than it was in the old facility and operations throughout the plant are computer controlled. The company also installed a new pallet racking system for seed storage and quality control that has increased available floor space nearly five fold. As one of the only systems of its kind in the industry, it allows employees to inventory and store seed on pallets in racks that are four levels tall.
“We also have the sophisticated equipment in place to maximize seed quality to levels never before possible,” Lutgen adds. “Plus, we’ve made the plant environmentally friendly to both the community and our employees by reducing dust and noise.
“Consequently, we want to invite everyone in the area to stop by on Aug. 22, 2015, to see the new facilities and to help us celebrate,” Lutgen concludes. “As we say in our tagline, we’re ‘Green and always growing’.”