Friday, September 28, 2018

Washington County Economic Alliance announces new manufacturing facility in Greenville, Mississippi

Washington County Economic Alliance announces new manufacturing facility in Greenville, Mississippi
Nufarm to invest $20M and create 68 jobs at new facility.



Greenville, MS - Washington County Economic Alliance (WCEA) is proud to announce Nufarm Americas Inc. on Tuesday, August 21, 2018, announced expansion of their North American manufacturing operations with the dedication of a new facility in Greenville, Miss. The announcement took place in Greenville with executive director of the Mississippi Development Authority Glenn McCullough, Congressman Bennie Thompson, Washington County Board of Supervisors President Carl McGee, mayor of Greenville Errick Simmons, Nufarm group executive of supply chain operations Elbert Prado, and Nufarm regional general manager Brendan Deck in attendance.
“Nufarm is an established, well-respected company within the agriculture sector, with farmers around the U.S. and the world relying on its products to protect not only their crops, but their livelihoods, as well,” said MDA Executive Director Glenn McCullough, Jr. “MDA, together with the city of Greenville and the Washington County Economic Alliance, is proud to assist Nufarm as it locates in our state and creates dozens of new career opportunities in the Mississippi Delta.”
Through working this project from the beginning of 2018, WCEA executive director Cary Karlson noted the positive community engagement Nufarm prioritizes within its communities: “This partnership with Nufarm creates a huge economic accomplishment for Greenville and Washington County. Nufarm is a company that places community first, and I am proud that they will now be a part of our community here.”
Additional internal capacity will allow Nufarm to respond to market realities and support their customers. This is largely driven by supplying key products to the southeastern U.S. region from Greenville and leveraging recent Nufarm investments in global supply chain planning and distribution tools to optimize the network. 
“This is truly a plant for our customers,” says Brad Hyman, vice president of crop protection for Nufarm in the U.S. “Our customers needed a consistent, high-quality and efficient supply of our product to the southeastern U.S. region, and this new plant allows us to accomplish that with more success and flexibility than ever before.”
The facility will support Nufarm’s growing herbicide and cotton portfolios with state-of-the-art formulation and packaging operations. The 16-acre site was selected after an extensive review throughout the Mississippi River Delta region, and it features an existing 104,500-square-foot facility which will be fully renovated to suit Nufarm’s manufacturing needs.
“We appreciate the partnership created between Nufarm, the City of Greenville and the State of Mississippi and look forward to becoming a member of the Greenville community,” says Tom Lyons, vice president of supply chain and operations. “Nufarm Greenville will be a perfect complement to our other outstanding facilities, delivering safe, high-quality capacity for the North American market.”
Nufarm plans to establish the new plant with a two-part approach. Phase one will feature the hiring of a core team for the establishment of engineering, process equipment and technology infrastructure. Phase two will include the hiring of 30-50 additional skilled workers over five years, building and property upgrades, and further technology and infrastructure investments. Renovation is set to begin soon with commercialization planned for summer 2019.
“As a leader in the agriculture industry, Mississippi is proud to welcome Nufarm as the state’s newest business partner. From Greenville, Nufarm will employ the Mississippi Delta’s skilled workforce to manufacture its crop protection products and ensure their timely delivery to Nufarm’s customers throughout the Southeast,” Gov. Phil Bryant said. 
The success of this investment will continue to count on strategic partnerships with the City of Greenville, state of Mississippi and key suppliers. Nufarm and the WCEA look forward to Building a Better Greenville Together!
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About Nufarm Americas
Nufarm Americas, Inc. is a subsidiary of Nufarm Limited, a manufacturer, supplier and marketer of crop protection products based in Australia. Nufarm is recognized as one of the leading agricultural and turf chemical manufacturers in the world. Nufarm Americas, Inc. formulates products that serve the agricultural, professional turf, vegetation management and forestry markets in the United States.

About Mississippi Development Authority:
Mississippi Development Authority is the state’s lead economic and community development agency. MDA focuses on new business recruitment, existing business expansion, workforce training, and tourism promotion. For more information, visit MDA’s website at www.mississippi.org.

Mars Food Celebrates 40 Years in Greenville, Mississippi

Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant Marks Occasion with the Producers of UNCLE BEN’S and SEEDS OF CHANGE
GREENVILLE, MISS. (Sept. 25, 2018) – Mars Food North America, maker of UNCLE BEN’S® and SEEDS OF CHANGE® products, today celebrated 40 years of operation in Greenville, Miss. The company marked the occasion with a celebratory ceremony for Associates and local dignitaries including Mississippi Governor Phil Bryant, Greenville Mayor Errick Simmons and Greenville Public School District Superintendent Dr. Janice Page.
Opened in 1978, the facility is the third largest employer in Greenville, with more than 180 full-time associates, and produces UNCLE BEN’S® dry rice and ready-to-heat rice pouches and SEEDS OF CHANGE® ready-to-heat rice pouches. Mars Food has invested nearly $200 million into the site over the last 40 years, most recently investing $30+ million between 2014 and 2018 and creating 25 new jobs in its manufacturing and research and development operations. Today, the facility is zero waste to landfill, covers 80 acres with more than 250,000 square feet of space, and it produces 100,000 tons of rice annually, making it the largest Mars Food factory in the world.
“Our operations in Greenville are essential to both the success of our business as well as our efforts to deliver on our purpose of ‘Better food today. A better world tomorrow,’” said Mars Food Greenville Site Director Don Cornett. “We are proud of the progress we’ve made over the last four decades and are excited to continue investing in our talented Associates and the community of Greenville, who make milestones like these possible.”
The Greenville facility has been active in the community for many years, supporting organizations like Extra Table, local food banks, Blessings in a Backpack and the Mars Food community garden. To commemorate the 40th anniversary, today, Mars Food’s organic SEEDS OF CHANGE® brand presented a donation of $40,000 to the Greenville Public School District to establish sustainable gardening programs.
"We are thrilled about the opportunities that this donation will create," said Dr. Janice Page, Superintendent of the Greenville Public School District.  "The support of Mars will continue to have a tremendous impact in our community. With this sustainable gardening program, our students will learn about the benefits and mechanics of growing their own food and how to eat healthier diets. Students will also be able to share with others of all ages within our district and within our community.”
Governor Bryant and Mayor Simmons met many of the Greenville facility’s Associates throughout the day, including two that are Greenville natives.  Lucy Whitley started at the factory 27 years ago and is a member of the site’s Inbound Receiving team with a passion for people and safety.  The Governor also met Mike Jones, the director of operations who started as a fork truck operator 21 years ago.
“For 40 years, Mars Food has helped fuel the growth of Greenville and the broader Mississippi Delta region by providing jobs, investing in the community and being an important partner to the state of Mississippi,” said Governor Bryant. “We’re honored to share this milestone with Mars Food in Greenville and hope to celebrate many more.”
For more information about Mars Food North America and its manufacturing facilities, visit mars.com.