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Syngenta announces plans to move some processing activities out of Nampa

Syngenta, a Switzerland-based agribusiness with facilities in Nampa and Twin Falls, announced Thursday plans to build a seed processing facility in Pasco, Wash., and move its sweet corn and small-seeded vegetables seed processing out of Nampa. The company also announced that it will also move similar operations out of Gilroy, Calif., to the Pasco plant.

Officials did say that the company plans to stay in the Treasure Valley with its headquarters in Boise and Research and Development center in Nampa.

Rose Reifsnyder, Syngenta marketing and communications manager in Boise, told the Tri-City Herald in Washington State that the 130,000-square-foot plant will process sweet corn and vegetable seed. Construction is expected to begin in the fall. The company will have 27 full-time employees at the plant.

Reifsnyder also told the Tri-City Herald that the new facility will replace the company’s sweet corn and vegetable seed processing facilities in Nampa, Idaho, and Gilroy, Cal., which will be sold.

Reifsnyder said the Pasco’s favorable zoning laws for ag businesses as well as its centralized location were among the reasons the company decided to build the facility at the Port of Pasco.

Syngenta also plans to shut down its shell pea and dry bean businesses in Twin Falls, which will result in up to 50 employees being laid off or relocated, the Tri-City Herald reported.

Reifsnyder didn’t have an estimated cost for the Pasco project, but said it was part of a $40 million to $45 million plan to improve quality and efficiencies in Syngenta’s North American operations.

The company has a garden bean and snap pea processing facility in Othello, but there are no plans to close or sell that plant, Reifsnyder said.

The Swiss-based Syngenta is a leader in crop protection and in the high-value commercial seeds market. The company, which employs more than 21,000 people in 90 countries, had sales in 2007 of $2.7 billion.

Source: idahostatesman.com

Publication date: 4/29/2008


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