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Joined by Idaho Gov. Butch Otter and Lt. Gov. Brad Little on Wednesday, Oct. 27, Nunhems employees, customers and suppliers celebrated the opening of the seed giant's $30 million expansion in Parma, ID.

Three years in the works, the project doubles the size of the Nunhems campus, which serves as its U.S. headquarters.

Commenting on the growth of the U.S. subsidiary of Bayer CropScience and one of the world’s top commercial vegetable seed producers, Douwe Zijp, Nunhems chief executive officer, said in a late-October press release, "This expansion is a significant investment in the future of both Nunhems and Idaho. It is an example of our constant commitment to improving our technology and operations in order to provide our customers with the best- possible seed."

While the centerpiece of the expansion is a 100,000-square-foot, energy- efficient seed-processing facility, the expansion includes the remodeling of several existing structures as well as the addition of an on-site Parma Fire District substation and office for Idaho’s Payette County Sheriff’s Department.

“From the beginning, we wanted this project to enhance not only our business but also the community,” Ron Amarel, Nunhems’ managing director of operations, said in the release. “We are very pleased to partner with the county, state and the Parma Fire Department to include features that serve the community. From the start, Nunhems Facility and Maintenance Manager Shane Roe and I set as a goal for this project to meet the needs of the company, stay within budget, and in the end be a good partner in business and a good neighbor in our community.”

Nunhems was also recognized for its efforts to reduce energy consumption in the new and renovated buildings. “Green” initiatives will save more than 1.4 million kilowatts per year, enough to power more than 100 homes.

Construction on the project, nearly all of which was completed by local contractors, began in October 2008. Today, the facility employs 150 people.