Monsanto announced at a ribbon-cutting ceremony April 21 that it has completed a $50 million expansion at its Muscatine, Iowa, plant. The expansion increases the formulation and packaging capacity at the plant to support the launch of Monsanto’s dicamba-tolerant trait technologies, the company said.
“Iowa is fortunate to have innovative companies like Monsanto that are making significant investments to create jobs in our communities while also providing farmers new tools to help increase productivity and reduce their environmental impact," Iowa agriculture secretary Bill Northey said. “The Muscatine plant expansion will help ensure farmers continue to have a variety of tools as they work to increase yields and improve profitability.”
Open since 1961, the Muscatine facility employs 400 full-time workers. It produces both selective chemistry products and glyphosate-based herbicide products in Monsanto’s crop protection portfolio, including Warrant, Degree, Harness, Roundup WeatherMax and XtendiMax.
“For more than 55 years, we have been a proud part of this community, and today is a celebration of the success and importance of modern agriculture in the great state of Iowa,” Monsanto Muscatine plant manager Shawn Schrader said. “The work taking place at this site will play an important role in helping farmers produce better harvests and meet the global demand for food.”