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December 9, 2013

FMC investing in Middleport plant

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Lockport Union-Sun & Journal — Telling the employees was one of the “worst days of my career,” Parker said. So telling employees the plant is growing led to a much better day for Parker.

“That’s a much better message,” she said.

Parker said the challenge is now how to remain sustainable while growing. A packaging and mixing plant also needs to be flexible, Parker added. Some business is the result of unexpected events or orders, such as what happened in California this year.

Some kind of fungus developed because of a drought, so a lot of fungicide was needed in a hurry. FMC Middleport needed to adapt quickly to answer the call, Parker said.

“You have to be careful as you grow,” she said.

And, since FMC works closely with the Village of Middleport, good news for the plant is good news for residents. The investment shows Telegraph Road is a vital piece to FMC’s future, Parker said.

“We’re here and we’re here to stay,” she said.

Contact reporter Joe Olenick at 439-9222, ext. 6241 or follow him on Twitter @joeolenick.

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