Syngenta, Golden Valley, MN, announces it is launching capital improvements totaling over $25 million to significantly expand capacity at six of its Midwest corn and soybean seed supply centers. The seed supply facilities to be expanded are located in Jefferson, IA; Lone Tree, IA; Pekin, IL; Phillips, NE; Tuscola, IL; and Waterloo, NE.



The expansion projects are part of a multi-year capital investment program planned for Syngenta corn and soybean seed plants throughout the country. The current expansion follows the addition of several projects completed in the last year, including a high-capacity seed customization and distribution warehouse at Clinton, IL, which tripled the amount of seed prepared, packaged and shipped for growers in the eastern corn belt this season.



"Our branded seed businesses of Garst, Golden Harvest and NK Brand are all experiencing higher demand for their corn hybrids this year, and we
anticipate corn demand to continue growing," said Mike Hollands, Vice President of the Syngenta corn and soybean seed supply chain, Golden Valley, MN. "We are growing our soybean business as well. So,
beginning next fall, we will be conditioning much larger volumes of seed at these strategic locations, significantly enhancing our ability to ship larger volumes to more customers in a timely manner," Hollands said.



The facility upgrades scheduled at Jefferson, Tuscola and Pekin will enable Syngenta to process and ship 50 percent more soybean seed at these facilities next season. With more growers preferring to purchase soybean seed in bulk and treated with CruiserMaxx Beans seed treatments, the improvements will facilitate state-of- the-art treatment capabilities, as well as loading and shipping of large bulk containers.



The Syngenta corn seed facilities at Lone Tree, Phillips, Waterloo and Pekin will experience upgrades in drying, conditioning, bulk storage and warehouse capacity. The 2007 investments will be the first of several
planned investments resulting in state-of-the-industry facilities, some of which will be capable of conditioning and shipping up to a million bags of corn per season, up to twice current capacity. "These supply facility
improvements will enable us to accommodate much larger volumes in response to growers needs at these strategic locations. We will have the capacity
to fulfill larger orders for our seed dealers and their customers, as well as to ship seed more efficiently than ever before," Hollands said.



The capital improvements will begin this spring after seed shipments for 2007 planting are complete. The work is expected to be finished by the end of 2007 in order to accommodate customer orders for 2008.



Source: Gibbs & Soell Public Relations News Release