Syngenta senior leadership and plant employees, local officials, and community members gathered last week to celebrate the opening of the newly expanded Omaha Crop Protection plant. The $22 million expansion includes $13.5 million paid to local businesses for goods and services. The new unit will allow Syngenta Crop Protection to expand production of products that help growers control weeds, insects, and diseases that threaten crops across America.
“At Syngenta, we are dedicated to improving crop productivity around the world to help ensure food security and bring plant potential to life through innovation,” says Randy Schomers, plant manager at the Omaha location. “Our expanded facility not only helps us meet growing customer demand for our products, but allows us to create new jobs and provide an increase to the tax base in Omaha — good news in these economic times.”
The new 43,000-square-foot unit requires 15 full-time employees, increasing the total number of employees to 84. Production volumes at the plant have grown significantly over the past few years, with throughput from the site doubling over the last three years. More than 20 new products have been delivered from this location during this same three-year period, maintaining high standards of quality and a continued focus on safety.
“Crop protection products play a crucial role in bringing abundant and affordable food to our dinner tables,” says John Riley, who leads the North American Supply Chain for Syngenta. “Through an investment of more than $2 million a day in research and development, Syngenta continues to bring novel products to market and improve the quality of our lives – with an eye on long-term productivity of the land and protection of the environment.”
Activities at the new plant celebration included tours of the enhanced facility, remarks from Randy Schomers, Syngenta executives and local officials, and a ribbon-cutting ceremony.