Pioneer Expands Seed Quality Facility in Tipton, Indiana
Facility enhances Pioneer commitment to seed quality
TIPTON, Ind.- Pioneer Hi-Bred, a DuPont business, announced today the completion of a 10,000 square foot, $1.3 million expansion of its seed quality facility in Tipton, Ind. With the additional space, the facility will be able to handle up to 125,000 germination, vigor and purity quality tests for corn, soybean, wheat and sorghum seed per year.
“Staying ahead of the growing demand for superior yielding Pioneer® brand seed is a challenge, but it is a great challenge to have,” says Tom Bockhaus, Pioneer director of supply planning and logistics. “With the completion of this expansion, we will be able to move samples quickly among labs to help balance our testing needs more efficiently around the world.”
Pioneer tests its seed for germination, vigor, genetic purity, trait purity, size and plantability to ensure its customers have high-quality seed. Strict testing method standards are used throughout the production process and in the testing facilities to evaluate all the types of seed it sells.
“Our customers expect every bag of Pioneer seed to be top quality so they can get the most out of their seed investment,” says Bockhaus. “As we continue to develop and introduce many exciting new seed products and technologies, we remain firmly rooted in our commitment to seed quality.”
The existing seed quality facility has been in operation since 1982. Another large expansion project was completed in 1988.
In addition to building new facilities to meet demand, Pioneer has expanded and upgraded existing production and testing locations throughout the world. Other central seed testing facilities, which are all ISO 9001:2000 certified, are located in Johnston, Iowa; Urbandale, Iowa; Chatham, Ontario, Canada; Aussonne, France; and Parndorf, Austria. ISO 9000 is a family of standards for quality management systems; Pioneer is registered to ISO 9001:2000, which affirms that a company meets a series of quality requirements as confirmed by an independent, third-party auditor.
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