(UPDATED COVERAGE, NOV. 4) Nunhems USA, the Parma, Idaho-based vegetable seed division of Bayer CropScience, Monheim, Germany, has put the finishing touches on a two-year, $30 million expansion project.
Idaho Gov. Butch Otter was on hand Oct. 27 as the company celebrated the opening of the new seed processing facility, according to a news release.
“This expansion is a significant investment in the future of both Nunhems and Idaho,” Douwe Zijp, chief executive office of Nunhems, said in the release.
The expansion doubles to 100,000 square feet the size of the Parma facility, which also serves as the company’s U.S. headquarters. The Nunhems’ 60-acre campus houses a Parma Fire District substation and an office for the Payette County Sheriff’s Department, according to the release.
Energy efficiency installations in the expansion project and adjacent renovated buildings will save more than 1.4 million kilowatt hours annually, enough to power more than 100 homes, according to the release.
The company has production acreage in all western states and research facilities in Brooks, Ore., and at four California locations: Bakersfield, Davis, Lodi and Salinas.