Expanded territories and continued growth in its traditional markets are causing Renk Seed of Sun Prairie to expand its facilities.

A $12 million project under way at the company’s headquarters at 6809 Wilburn Road will double processing capabilities, more than double storage of bulk grains and increase by one-third the storage area for bags of seed.

“The dominant (reason for expansion) is the growth of our businesses,” said Jeff Renk, director of sales and research. “We are building to keep up with the demand.”

The company has added new territories and three new full-time salespeople in Nebraska and also serves Wisconsin, Michigan, Minnesota, northern Illinois and northern Iowa.

The company currently processes 500,000 bags of corn and soybeans annually at one facility. A new processing facility is being built for soybeans. When finished, the old facility will be dedicated to seed corn. Each will have the ability to process 500,000 bags of seed a year, Renk said.

Bulk storage will increase from 225,000 to 525,000 bushels with the addition of 30 storage bins that can each hold 10,000 bushels. Expansion of the warehouse will increase the storage capacity of bagged seed from 300,000 to 400,000 bags, Renk said.

The processing facility is scheduled for completion by August, with bulk storage and warehouse expansion scheduled to be completed by Sept. 15, Renk said.

Renk is a family-owned and operated company that has 50 employees and has been in business for over 70 years.

Barry Adams covers regional and business news for the Wisconsin State Journal.

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