The Pioneer seed corn production facility in Plymouth, Ind. broke ground in 1988. Production location manager Mark Letzinger says when the plant opened in 1989 it was considered a small operation.
But things have changed a lot since then. “We had about 35 employees, about 40 growers producing seed on about 14,000 acres,” he says. “We’ve tripled in size since then. We have about 90 full-time employees, we have over 115 growers, and 2013 was our largest crop. We produce over 3 million bushels of seed out of this plant that year.”
Governor Mike Pence says Pioneer’s 25 years is a milestone and represents a great partnership between a global company and Indiana’s farmers. “It’s important to point out that while we’re celebrating 25 years at this facility, DuPont Pioneer employs over 600 Hoosiers in 9 locations around the state,” he says. “And they are a critical part of an agricultural infrastructure to our state.”
Indiana State Director of Ag Ted McKinney tells Brownfield the event was not only an opportunity to celebrate 25 years in Plymouth, but celebrate the advancements in technology. “Why? Because it’s really, really cool,” he says. “They’ve helped people’s lives with higher yields, better standability, and better crops. And, I think we’ve just begin to scratch the surface.”