DuPont Pioneer Celebrates Multi-million Dollar Production Expansion in Chatham, Ontario
New processing towers bring on-site integrated refuge production
DuPont Pioneer celebrated the opening of two new processing towers representing a $19 million investment at the DuPont Pioneer Chatham production location today. Media and employees had the opportunity to tour the expanded facility, which now includes corn refuge blending towers and new soybean conditioning equipment, such as dryers and bins.
"This is an example of the seed industry and regulators working together to protect the future of agriculture," says Bryce Eger, Integrated Operations director, DuPont Pioneer. "Integrated refuge is a leading insect control solution and Pioneer is proud to invest in this new, convenient and effective technology for growers."
The expansion, at approximately 15,000 square feet, will house state-of-the-art blending and treating equipment with Human Machine Interface controlled processes.
For growers, blended refuge offers a simplified planting process that provides integrated refuge corn hybrids - seed that has been conditioned, treated and blended to integrate refuge products with other high performing Pioneer® brand products. The federal government mandates that growers plant 20 per cent refuge seed to help prevent insects from developing resistance to Bt corn. Typically growers have had to order and plant non-Bt products separately. The Pioneer® brand Optimum® AcreMax® family of integrated refuge products remove the separate refuge, saving growers time and money.
Pioneer has operated in the Chatham community for nearly 50 years.
DuPont Pioneer (www.pioneer.com) 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 http://www.dupont.com.