Zoning change opens door for seed company to build near Lafayette

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An illustration of the building which Beck's Hybrids of Indiana plans to build on a 25-acre tract on U.S. Route 40 in Deercreek Township.
An illustration of the building which Beck's Hybrids of Indiana plans to build on a 25-acre tract on U.S. Route 40 in Deercreek Township.
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Beck’s Hybrids can move forward with its construction of a distribution center in Madison County, following the approval Monday morning by Madison County Commissioners of a requested zoning change.

Of the 287-acre tract on U.S. Route 40 in Deercreek Township, the request asked for approximately 25 acres to be re-zoned from A-1, agricultural, to C-2, general commercial, according to zoning department manager David Hughes.

The request fell within the guidelines of the comprehensive land use plan.

Todd Marchand, one of three Beck’s representatives present at the meeting, presented an artist’s rendering of the proposed building. It will put 57,600 square feet under roof, primarily for seed storage. There will also be an office, in which up to five people will be employed.

The building will include a concrete-paved area in front of the building for parking and loading/unloading docks on the west side of the structure.

Marchand said semi trailer traffic in and out of the distribution center will be no more than 10 per day.

Building a distribution center with also an area for practical farm research will allow Beck’s to set up an area for customers in central Ohio, said Scott Beck, vice president.

“We can fully start to move forward with our building plan this summer and hopefully complete it in the spring (2015).

Beck said the distribution/research center will be comprised of three buildings, each 200 feet long and 100 feet wide.

They will house Beck’s seeds for corn, soybeans, wheat, as well as alfalfa and cover crops.

Estimated cost of the project was not disclosed.

Kyle Hoppes will be the local site manager.

Beck’s Hybrids is a family-owned and operated seed company that serves farmers in Indiana, Illinois, Ohio, Michigan, Kentucky, Tennessee, Iowa and Missouri. According to a recent media survey, Beck’s ranks as the sixth largest seed company in the United States and the only one in the top six that is family-owned, making Beck’s the largest retail, family-owned seed company in the United States.

Dean Shipley can be reached at (740) 852-1616, ext. 1617 or via Twitter @DeanAShipley.

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