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AgSource relocating lab in Ellsworth

By Staff | Apr 2, 2016

ELLSWORTH – AgSource Laboratories announced March 22 its Ellsworth facility is relocating to a new building.

AgSource will remain in Ellsworth, but move to a larger, 15,000-square-foot, fully integrated facility.

“We are very excited about this move,” said Steve Frack, vice president of laboratory operations. “The new building will enable us to more efficiently serve customers’ needs.

“It’s a big step forward, moving us toward our mission of providing timely, accurate, independent laboratory results.”

Consolidating all functions under one roof will streamline the sample process, from shipping and receiving to drying, grinding and sample preparation, as well as actual laboratory analysis and reporting.

“We have the luxury of designing the laboratory layout ourselves, which means we will be improving work flow for both the agricultural testing side and also the water and environmental testing labs,” Frack said. “This also gives us the benefit of expanding scope of our services, being better prepared to grow sample volume and add new analyses over time.”

The new facility will be up and running prior to August. It will be located just off Interstate 35. By staying in Ellsworth, sample pick-up routes and drop-in sample deliveries will not be affected. Groundbreaking is scheduled take place in early April.

AgSource Laboratories is working in partnership with the City of Ellsworth and Ellsworth Development Group, which includes representatives from Midland Power Cooperative, Ellsworth Cooperative Telephone Association and Corn Belt Power Cooperative.

“Remaining in Ellsworth is important to us,” said Pat Baier, chief operating officer. “We are committed to our employees, our customers and the community, and we greatly value the support of community partners and the farming industry in the surrounding area.”

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