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Syngenta Washington plant to eliminate jobs

GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske

The Syngenta plant in Washington will be eliminating positions as the company looks to reorganize its business model.
GTNS photo by Gretchen Teske The Syngenta plant in Washington will be eliminating positions as the company looks to reorganize its business model.

A number of positions at the Syngenta plant in Washington will be eliminated as the company looks to reorganize its business model.

“We’re not closing the plant, we’re making some changes in the overall seed production and supply organization and we’re doing this in several locations around the U.S.,” said Paul Minehart, Syngenta Head of Corporate Communications in North America. “Among these changes, what we’re going to do is some of the activities that have long been done in Washington will relocate to Lone Tree.”

When asked what exact positions would be relocated, Minehart was unable to comment. However, a small number of employees will be able to relocate to the Lone Tree facility as the Washington facility changes gears to now focus on corn conditioning, treating, packaging and distribution of the seeds. Minehart did not have a definitive number of how many positions would be eliminated in Washington and would not comment on when these changes would take effect.

The reason for the elimination of positions, Minehart said, was due to the company looking at making changes to help make the process easier for customers.

“It’s just an attempt to really make the business function better at a number of locations,” he said.

For those who qualify, a severance package will be distributed and qualified candidates will be eligible for other positions within the company as they become available in the future.

Moving forward, the plant will now solely focus on conditioning, treating and bagging the seed. Any other activities previously done at the Washington location will now be done at the Lone Tree location.

“They’re going to try to just focus on those three things at Washington and as a result, there’s going to be some positions that are eliminated there,” he said.