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December 9, 2013

FMC investing in Middleport plant

WILSON —

FMC is making a $5 million investment in its Middleport plant on Telegraph Road.
The company’s Agricultural Solutions division has been seeing an increase in business demand, necessitating the need for more work and capacity at the Middleport facility. The facility is a formulations plant that mixes and packages FMC products.
FMC invested $1.6 million this year in Middleport and expects to spend close to $3 million next year. And that investment is a great sign of confidence in the plant, said Manager Noel Parker.
”The growth has been exciting for us,” Parker said. “It’s a good amount of money.”
Insecticides, herbicides and other agricultural products mixed and packaged at FMC Middleport are delivered for nearly 100 different crops in more than 75 different countries.
The investment will be to support the new product lines and cover the costs of changing the Middleport facility to a 24-hour, seven-days-a-week operation. FMC Middleport hasn’t done that in a long time, the last being well before the plant turned over to a packaging and mixing location in 1985.
Switching over to a 24/7 operation isn’t something FMC usually does, but the demand has grown so much, Parker said.
“Normally we don’t unless we have to,” she said. “But we will and stay there (at 24/7) until at least April.”
Part of that demand is coming from South America, where farming is growing exponentially. There’s a need for fungicides in Canada as well, where recently a $5 million order was placed.
“There’s a huge demand,” Parker said.
The investment has added seven new employees and could lead to seven new workers over the next year. Safety is another part of the investment, as several improvements are being made in plant safety and compliance with regulations.
Parker, who has run FMC Middleport for the last year, spent 11 years with Dow Chemical, the last year running a plant in Illinois. That plant ended up being the opposite of FMC, as it had to close.

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