Monsanto has announced plans to build a new, state-of-the-art cotton seed processing facility in Lubbock, TX. Construction is expected to begin in March and be completed in the second half of calendar year 2017.
The new Lubbock site represents a $140 million capital investment and is expected to employ 40 full-time personnel. The site will become Monsanto’s primary U.S. hub for all commercial cotton seed processing operations, including cleaning, treating and bagging of cotton seed. The company’s existing processing facilities in Arizona, Mississippi and Texas will transition to support storage and warehousing, pre-commercial operations and research in various parts of the Cotton Belt.
“Bringing people, processes and technology together at a new, state-of-the-art cotton facility in Lubbock will boost collaboration and efficiency within our manufacturing organization,” said Dave Penn, cotton manufacturing lead at Monsanto. “Furthermore, its geographic location in Lubbock will allow for better alignment with the cotton industry and help us better serve customers across the Cotton Belt.”
“Advanced technology at the new hub facility in Lubbock will allow for better data capture, and automating processes will improve both our manufacturing effectiveness and the safety of our personnel,” added Penn. “This creates value that we can pass on to our customers.”
Source – Monsanto