Betaseed is beginning the third stage of a four-stage, $40 million investment plan at its Tangent facility.

The four-year project is set to be completed in 2016 and will eventually replace older buildings with three new buildings on site, according to Bryan Meier, Betaseed Corporate director of operations for the Tangent site.

The expansion currently is centered on a 43,000-square-foot facility, which is two levels. Meier said the new facility will feature seed processing on the second floor and seed staging on the first floor.

Almost half of the current equipment at the Tangent facility will be replaced with new, state of the art equipment, focusing on seed quality improvement.  

Final stage of the project will be a 23,000-square-foot building.  

The first phase included remodeling of an existing building to improve seed storage conditions.  The second phase was the construction of a 30,000-square-foot processing and storage facility, which was completed last year.

“Everything is geared to customer service,” Meier said. “We want to meet the needs of our sugar beet seed customers.”

The new construction won’t be adding any new people at the plant right away, but Meier said it may be adding some new technicians once the site is complete.

“It’s a lean manufacturing principal,” Meier said. “The seed goes in at one point and exits at the other. It’s designed around efficiencies and seed quality improvements more than anything else.”  

Greenberry Construction of Corvallis is general contractor for the project. It began pouring ground floor concrete last week and will continue to add infrastructure electrical and plumbing work.

Meier said the structure itself will likely start to go up in late spring.

Betaseed completed a $2 million project that added a 12,500-square-feet to an existing structure in 2008. That building replaced office and lab space lost in a fire.

The company, located at 34303, Highway 99E in Tangent, across from the Target Distribution Center, has been producing sugar beet seed in Tangent for over 40 years.

The Tangent site provides all processing for sugar beet seeds, including cleaning, coating and packaging. The company employs over 50 full-time employees and hires 80 additional workers during its busy season.

Steve Lathrop is the business reporter for the Albany Democrat-Herald. He can be reached at 541-812-6076 or by email at steve.lathrop@lee.net.

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