DuPont Pioneer celebrates 25 years

PLYMOUTH — Wednesday DuPont Pioneer in Plymouth celebrated their 25th anniversary in Plymouth.
Special guest speakers included the Director of Indiana State Department of Agriculture Ted McKinney and Indiana Governor Mike Pence.

“Plymouth has a very unique growing area,” said Mark Letsinger, production location manager of the Plymouth Pioneer facility. “The great lakes provide a tempered climate which is very beneficial to growing seed corn as well as other specialty crops.”

To kick off the celebration employees and their families joined together on Tuesday evening to tour the facility. Wednesday morning employees gave tours to the public, growers, investors and other interested individuals.

Following the tour presentations more than 350 individuals, including about 150 employees, gathered together to enjoy lunch catered by Amish Acres. Following lunch several speakers took the stage to talk about the last 25 years and the next 25 years.

The Plymouth plant has 90 full time employees and 35 temporary employees. During the busy summer season Pioneer employs nearly 1,500 detasselers and around 300 additional employees for harvesting.

Plymouth Mayor MArk Senter read a proclamation from the city declaring Aug. 27, 2014 as DuPont Pioneer Seed Day.

Watch the Governor's closing remarks by clicking the attachment below. Complete coverage of the celebration is featured in today's Pilot News.