Two New Processing Towers to be Built in Chatham, Ontario
CHATHAM, Ontario, Oct. 29, 2013 –DuPont Pioneer is building two new processing towers at its Chatham, Ontario, production location. The $19 million expansion will enable Pioneer to help simplify the planting process for growers by providing integrated refuge hybrids. This production facility will condition, treat and blend seed to integrate refuge products with other high performing Pioneer® brand products.
“Integrated refuge simplifies the process of incorporating a refuge in growers’ fields and protects technology they depend on,” says Tim Weller, senior production manager, DuPont Pioneer. “This is an example of the seed industry and regulators working together to protect the future of agriculture.”
The federal government mandates that growers plant 20 percent refuge seed to prevent insects from developing a resistance to Bt corn. Typically growers order and plant non-Bt products separately. Pioneer® brand Optimum® AcreMax® family of integrated refuge products remove those steps, saving growers time and money.
“We have operated in Chatham for more than 55 years and continue to bring value to growers and the community here,” said Weller.
Construction has started and is expected to be completed by mid-August 2014. The expansion will also house new soybean conditioning equipment, including dryers and bins.
DuPont Pioneer is the world’s leading developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing high-quality seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries. Pioneer provides agronomic support and services to help increase farmer productivity and profitability and strives to develop sustainable agricultural systems for people everywhere. Science with Service Delivering Success®.
DuPont (NYSE: DD) has been bringing world-class science and engineering to the global marketplace in the form of innovative products, materials and services since 1802. The company believes that by collaborating with customers, governments, NGOs and thought leaders, we can help find solutions to such global challenges as providing enough healthy food for people everywhere, decreasing dependence on fossil fuels, and protecting life and the environment. For additional information about DuPont and its commitment to inclusive innovation, please visit www.dupont.ca.
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