Ont. tillage firm Salford expands Iowa plant

Ontario tillage, seeding and fertilizing implement maker Salford has expanded its Iowa manufacturing plant by over a third to boost production of its Independent line.

Expanding Salford’s manufacturing space at Osceola, about 65 km south of Des Moines, boosts the company’s combined plant area in Canada, Russia and the U.S. to about 200,000 square feet, the company said Tuesday.

The expansion is meant to allow the company to “keep up with growing demand for its tillage and fertilizer application products,” namely its Independent Series tools, designed for “high-speed” soil and residue management and fertilizer application.

The added space is also meant to add capacity to Salford’s Iowa parts distribution centre, one of the main hubs for the six such centres the company runs in North America.

The expansion’s first phase included added warehouse space for the parts centre, Salford’s manufacturing and operations manager Brad Baker said in a release.

Salford, which has made equipment at Osceola since 2006, is now planning capital investments to further boost production capacity at the plant and improve parts availability, the company said.

The plant will also get a powder coat line and “other scheduled improvements” this year, which are expected to boost job opportunities there, plant manager Randy Beckett said in the same release. — AGCanada.com Network

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