On August 20, Monsanto’s crop protection production facility in Muscatine, Iowa, celebrated its 50th anniversary.
Starting out as a small ammonia storage terminal in 1961, the Muscatine facility soon expanded into a production facility that manufactured a variety of products ranging from plastics to pharmaceutical intermediates to the current production focus: agricultural chemical products that support the success of our farmer customers. Today Muscatine produces over 70 percent of the Roundup agricultural herbicide for North America as well as all the acetanilide selective chemistry products in Monsanto’s crop protection portfolio, such as Harness XTRA, Degree XTRA, and Warrant.
Today, the Muscatine facility employs more than 450 workers (both employees and contractors).
“We have a strong link with the Muscatine community,” said David Penn, Muscatine plant manager. At the celebration, Iowa House Representative Mark Lofgren noted the importance of Monsanto to Iowa, as the company employs more than 3,000 permanent workers and 1,650 seasonal employees across the state, helping to contribute over $88 million per year to Iowa’s economy.
“Muscatine is a major contributor to Monsanto’s vision of sustainable agriculture,” said Monsanto Executive Vice President and Chief Commercial Officer Brett Begemann. Crop Protection Lead Mike Frank added that, “Muscatine’s procedural efficiencies are helping to lay the ground work for the future growth of Monsanto’s crop protection business.”