Monsanto to Locate in Morton

Wednesday, May 1, 2013

Last month Monsanto announced they would locate a new facility in Morton to accommodate the growing business of their newly acquired product, Precision Planting.  

“Precision Planting offers state-of-the-art equipment technologies that help farmers improve yield and reduce risk,” said Steve Riewerts, Monsanto Project Manager.  “Precision Planting is a critical part of Monsanto’s integrated farming system helping farmers increase yields, reduce risk and improve productivity.  These innovative technologies will be assembled in the new facility.”

Monsanto acquired Tremont-based Precision Planting in May of 2012 from Gregg and Cindy Sauder, Morton residents. The Sauders began the company in 1993; the business developed after-market devices added onto planters, with the aim of improving planting depth and spacing so yields would be maximized. Since then, the company has expanded to include software, hardware and other production equipment.

As Precision Planting continued to grow, Monsanto realized there would be a need to add to their current facility square footage and workforce to deliver on the farmer demand for Precision Planting products.

The Morton site was submitted by Scannell/ARCO in response to a competitive bid request in which multiple developers submitted plans for consideration. “The Morton site offers a number of amenities including established infrastructure, access to transportation networks, space for future expansion, and good proximity to Precision Planting Business and R&D facilities,” said Riewerts.

The new 100,000 square foot Precision Planting Operations Center in Morton will support light production and assembly, shipping, receiving, and warehousing.  The building will be located at 440 Erie Avenue.  Monsanto expects to take occupancy of the leased facility in October of 2013.

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