Beck's Hybrids recently completed construction on a state-of-the-art Research Building located at the Atlanta, Ind. headquarters.
Construction on the 100' x 305' Research Building began in April 2011 and features 13 offices, as well as the following areas devoted to research: a seed laboratory, climate controlled seed storage, automated seed processing equipment, and flat storage for equipment and experimental seed. A 400-person capacity meeting room will also be included in the facility.
"The new Research Building will allow for future growth in breeding and testing the latest innovative seed technologies and germplasm from suppliers worldwide," says Kevin Cavanaugh, director of research at Beck's Hybrids. "The new Research Building will provide the capacity to bring an increasing number of new, innovative seed products to our customers."
Beck's Hybrids is dedicated to developing and growing the best performing seed products. Along with the new Research Building, Beck's has added three new research positions – Craig Moore, corn product development manager; Curtis Wiltse, research manager; and Mark Beamer, assistant corn breeder. A fourth position for a new corn breeder will be filled by this spring.
Moore is a graduate from Purdue University and joined Beck's Hybrids nearly 10 years ago as a district sales associate. He most recently served as a district sales manager for Beck's in central Illinois.
Wiltse will oversee the corn breeding, testing and trait conversion within the research department. Prior to joining Beck's, he was a corn breeder at DeKalb, as well as a seed quality lead at Monsanto. He also sold spraying equipment for Red Ball and worked for an upstart biotech company as the senior manager in crop breeding.Beamer was previously a production agronomist at Beck's. He has a strong passion for corn breeding and is currently finishing up a Masters in Crop Sciences from the University of Illinois with a major in plant pathology.