Enza Zaden USA just broke ground on a new 24,400-square-foot addition to its existing facility, tapping Monterey-based architects Wald, Ruhnke & Dost. The international seed company’s commercial building will more than double in size with a new concrete tilt-up expansion, which will include temperature- and humidity-controlled rooms for storing seeds.
Between 2010-2015, Enza Zaden USA doubled the number of employees working in Salinas, and the new addition will bring them all together under one roof. Ton van der Velden, president and chief executive of Enza Zaden North America, said in a statement that he believes the new building will help his team hone its communication and logistics efforts.
The additional space will also support expanded seed cleaning, treatment, cold storage and packaging processes and help the company see significant gains in efficiency and production. The cost of the expansion was not disclosed.
Enza Zaden began its subsidiary in Salinas in 2000 focusing on ettuce seeds, and its product line has grown to include herbs, spinach and arugula seeds. The company uses non-genetically modified organism technologies to develop seeds that are disease-resistant while improving the growing process and yields. Vitalis Organic Seeds is a subsidiary of Enza Zaden that produces organic vegetable seeds; van der Velden noted that demand for organic seed grows at double the rate of conventional seeds growth.
The family-owned vegetable seed business began in Holland in 1938 and has grown to more than 20 countries through research stations, commercial subsidiaries and seed production stations. The company’s top global products are tomatoes, peppers, cucumbers and lettuce.