Seed Hawk preps for more plant expansions

Saskatchewan seeding equipment manufacturer Seed Hawk has mapped out a three-year expansion plan that calls for two major additions to its manufacturing plant.

The planned additions are expected to provide the space needed to support a new corn planter line and expand Seed Hawk’s lineup of “zero-till seeding solutions.”

Specifically, Seed Hawk said last week it will break ground this month on a 15,000-square foot addition to its shop at Langbank, Sask., and will begin work in January next year on an 81,000-square foot expansion to the same facility.

These expansions follow a previous two-part expansion completed in 2011, plus a 15,000-square foot testing facility built last year.

“One of the things we have learned from our partners at Vaderstad is to plan an expansion every year, and if something changes, we can amend the plan,” Seed Hawk president Pat Beaujot said in a release.

That’s a reference to Seed Hawk’s 2006 partnership agreement with Swedish ag equipment maker Vaderstad-Verken. Expanding the complex in Langbank will also allow Seed Hawk to carry and assemble more of Vaderstad’s products, the company said.

“With all that’s going on — like adding a number of Vaderstad’s products and sales growth in the Seed Hawk line — we need to keep expanding,” Beaujot said. “Now, we have a three-year expansion plan that takes us into 2016.”

Seed Hawk said its work with Vaderstad has given both companies access to new markets. Seed Hawk’s products, the company said, have grown in popularity in Europe, the former Soviet bloc and Australia, where “arid conditions” have spurred interest in zero-till equipment.

Expansions at the plant at Langbank, about 150 km northeast of Estevan, “will ensure (Seed Hawk) can supply these new markets and while serving the growing North American market,” the company said. — Network

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Sask. seeder maker plans more plant expansions, Feb. 3, 2010
Seed Hawk plans summer layoffs, April 18, 2010

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