The Hamilton County Council voted unanimously to endorse Beck’s Hybrids in a letter to the state, which would help the company with a tax abatement.
Sonny Beck, president of Atlanta-based seed company Beck’s Hybrids, Inc., told the council a 2007 and 2010 tax abatement helped his company added 74 employees in 2012 and 85 in 2013. He said they employ over 400 today.
“They’re not all in Hamilton County or Indiana,” he said. “We now serve eight states. We’ve added Tennessee and 25 percent of Missouri and Iowa.”
Beck said they have “close to 1 million square feet under roof” at its Atlanta plant.
“Most of our product is processed and bagged at the Hamilton County location,” he said.
The company is looking at its future and the possibilities with expansion. Beck said they must decide between building a mega center in Atlanta or research costs at other Midwest locations.
“We love being here. Expansion would include a research area with technology buildings, green houses and a new packaging plant,” Beck said.
Beck’s Hybrids was founded in 1937 and continues to operate on the original homestead at 6767 E. 276th St., Atlanta. The Atlanta facility is used for research, production, shipping and seed treatment. With a continued demand for new and innovative products, Beck’s continues to invest in expansion and growth opportunities.