Beck's Hybrids looks to expand in Effingham

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EFFINGHAM - Beck's Hybrids Distribution and Research officials say they're interested in expanding their business to Effingham.

On Tuesday, Beck's Hybrids representative Jim Zimmer told Effingham City Council members that the seed company is interested in adding a facility in Effingham.

Beck's Hybrids sells various seeds, including soybean and corn, to farmers.  However, representatives are proposing a project that would allow the company to grow crops using new seed technology.  Under the proposal, the new facility would be located on 90 acres of city-owned land in Effingham Business Park.  Representatives say the new building would have up to 30 new employees.

Beck's Hybrids currently has four similar facilities located in states around Illinois.  Effingham officials say there are plans to apply for grants in order to help pay for this project.
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