Fertilizer company adding Sunnyside plant

From left, Port of Sunnyside Commissioner Jim Grubenhoff, company branch manager Jamie Tolliver, Mark Vanelderen, Port of Sunnyside Executive Director Jay Hester, Yakima County Development Association’s Jonathan Smith and Mayor Julia Hart attended Crop Production Services’ plant ground-breaking Friday.

SUNNYSIDE — Construction is moving ahead for the opening of a new Crop Productions Services plant.

Dignitaries broke ground on the plant Friday at a Midvale Road site.

“It’s very exciting to be a part of this expansion,” spokesman Jamie Tolliver said at the event.

Tolliver will be branch manager of the new, 13,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art fertilizer plant.

Crop Production Services recently merged with Nutrien Ag Solutions, an international firm with 26 plants in Washington state, Tolliver said, noting he currently the manager of the Toppenish location.

The new Sunnyside plant is on 10 acres and will produce 3,500 tons of solid and liquid fertilizer plant when complete, he said.

The new plant and the pending construction of a new Ostrom’s Mushroom Farm location here have necessitated the addition of 1,600-foot long railroad spur and switch station in the Port of Sunnyside District, Executive Director Jay Hester said Friday.

Working with the Yakima County Development Association, the Port obtained funds for the project which will get under way soon, Hester said.

The Supporting Investments in Economic Development Board also approved the Port’s request for $503,372 — $251,686 in grant funds and a $251,686 loan — on March 28, Hester said. Those funds will pay to construct the rail spur.

Local match funds totaled $125,843 for a total project cost of $629,215, Hester said. The project will realize $19.87 of private investment for every $1 of economic development board funding received.

Fifteen jobs will be retained and 15 created.

That represents $16,779 in funding per direct job, said Director of Business Recruitment Joe Schmitt.

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