Aug. 12, 2022
Corteva Agriscience leaders and employees, along with community members from the Great Lakes Bay Region, gathered to celebrate the completion of a $242 million capital investment project that expands global capacity of its spinosyns: high-demand insect management technologies that are natural or naturally derived.
The capacity expansion project was initiated in response to consistently high demand for Corteva’s spinosyns family of products, including Jemvelva™ active (spinetoram) and Qalcova™ active (spinosad). This expansion, coupled with a previous spinosyns expansion at the Harbor Beach, Michigan, site, will enable Corteva to increase its existing capacity by 50 percent. The increase addresses the needs of customers in the more than 100 countries where these solutions help protect more than 250 different crops, such as leafy vegetables, melons, various fruits including grapes and strawberries, as well as corn, soybeans, rice and cotton.
Construction on the project within the Midland I-Park began in March of 2020 and took roughly 2 years to complete.
″This new state-of-the-art facility in Michigan allows us to meet growing global demand for our innovative products,″ said Chuck Magro, Chief Executive Officer, Corteva Agriscience. ″We are committed to supporting farmers in the fight to produce crops with high yields while maintaining the delicate environmental balance in fields. Qalcova™ active and Jemvelva™ active are two EPA Green Chemistry Challenge Award-winning active ingredients that help farmers do all of the above.″
″Expanding our Michigan operations reinforces the rich history of this site,″ said Robert King, Executive Vice President, Crop Protection Business Unit, Corteva Agriscience. ″This celebration also shows the company’s commitment to continue to bring differentiated products to the farmers around the world. The spinosyn family of products is a key part of our ongoing effort to bring naturally derived products to market.″