J.R. Simplot Co. will soon begin in-house production of GAL-XEONE, the company’s newest controlled release polymer coating. The new production operation will be part of the Simplot manufacturing complex in Lathrop, California, the company said.
Once the facility is in full production, Simplot says, the increased availability of GAL-XEONE coated nutrients will help the company meet customer demand more quickly while also providing wider distribution and immediate access to customers in the Western United States and worldwide.
“When we purchased this (timed-release) technology, it became clear that we needed to expand our production in order to best meet our customers’ demands,” said Garrett Lofto, president of Simplot’s AgriBusiness Group.
When the Lathrop production facility is up and running – later this spring, the company says – it will be the second U.S. manufacturing plant producing GAL-XEONE. Simplot reached a deal earlier with licensee partner Florikan to produce GAL-XEONE at Florikan’s plant in Sarasota, Florida.
Simplot says its GAL-XEONE polymer coating, which can be found in several types of Simplot brand fertilizers, effectively controls nutrient release over an extended period of time – up to 18 months.
J.R. Simplot is a privately held agribusiness firm headquartered in Boise, Idaho.