Sask. seeder maker plans more plant expansions

Air seeder manufacturer Seed Hawk has announced a $7.5 million expansion project at its southeastern Saskatchewan facility starting this spring “to keep up with domestic and global demand.”

The 55,000-square foot expansion will see Seed Hawk triple its current manufacturing capacity at Langbank, Sask., about 120 km west of Virden, Man.

The expansion, which Seed Hawk said is “Phase Two” of its longer-term plan, will increase the total size of the Langbank plant to 100,000 square feet and “bring everything under one roof.”

The company, in “Phase One,” built new office and assembly space at Langbank in 2007, expanding its facility to 45,000 square feet at a cost of $2.8 million.

That expansion came not long after Seed Hawk announced a minority investment by Vaderstad-Verken, a Swedish farm equipment manufacturer, in 2006. That deal was credited with opening up international markets for Seed Hawk, spurring the need for expansion.

The company now markets its seeding systems in Canada, the U.S., Australia, and Eastern Europe.

“Since (2007), new product developments and a larger demand for the Seed Hawk drills have the company busier than ever,” the company said in a release this week.

The extra space created by the expansion this spring “will allow Seed Hawk to continue growing well into the 21st century,” company president Pat Beaujot said Monday.


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