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New Pioneer plant opens

Sunday, October 2, 2011

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Gov. Jay Nixon congratulates Pioneer officials and praises the company's $60 million investment in Missouri during the grand opening of Pioneer's soybean production plant in New Madrid Friday. Seated are, pictured from left: U.S. Rep. Jo Ann Emerson; Clyde Hawes, New Madrid County presiding commissioner; Judd O'Connor, vice president/regional business director-U.S.; and Nathan Bengtson, plant manager. Scott Welton, Staff
NEW MADRID -- Pioneer Hi-Bred executives celebrated the grand opening of their $60 million soybean production plant in New Madrid Friday.

"This new soybean production plant is a tremendous asset to the entire Pioneer organization," said Alejandro Munoz, vice president of Americas and Global Production. "This state-of-the-art facility is the largest production plant we have in the world and it is located here in New Madrid, Missouri. This location is essential as we continue to grow our business and provide high quality, top-performing soybean products to our growers."

The new facility, located on 129 acres near Interstate 55, begins operations this month as soybean harvest gets under way in the area.

"Agriculture is a growing industry to be in right now and we're pleased that Pioneer is bringing jobs to the area," Munoz said.

Currently, the plant employs more than 65 people and may hire more to handle peak operational needs.

"Pioneer is investing in Missouri and in our state's workforce and I'm glad the state of Missouri could be a partner in this important project for the region's economy," Gov. Jay Nixon said. "We're committed to creating good jobs for this region and sending a clear signal to the world that when it comes to the bioscience sector, Missouri means business."

The grand opening celebration included a ribbon-cutting ceremony and tours of the plant.

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