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Advanced Ag breaks ground

April 2nd, 2012

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Advanced Ag breaks ground

Tuesday, April 3, 2012 4:00 am | Updated: 4:00 pm, Mon Apr 2, 2012.

By Justine Fansher, jfansher@wabashplaindealer.com

Many community members and city officials gathered Monday to celebrate the groundbreaking of Advanced Ag Resources in the Wabash Business Complex.

Located at the northwest corner of Ind. 13 and U.S. 24, Advanced Ag is the site’s first business.

Bobby Hettmansperger, president of Advanced Ag Resolutions Inc., which is the operating company, is thankful for the opportunity to expand his business in the new business park.

“I want to thank the county and City of Wabash for the opportunity for this project,” he said at Monday’s ceremony. “Without this project, the growth of Brodbeck Seeds and my responsibilities would reach a limit. And because of this opportunity, it is allowing me to expand on a higher level, and keep Brodbeck Seeds, which is a major force in the ag community in the county, in Wabash County.

“I thank the mayor, I thank the county commissioners, and I thank everybody for their support.”

Hettmansperger is working with Brodbeck Seeds LLC, an affiliate of Dow AgroSciences. The company is building a 3,360-sqaure foot office building and a 75,000-square-foot warehouse at the complex.

“We’re just excited to have the opportunity to partner up with Bobby,” Jim Engelberth, general manager of Brodbeck Seeds LLC, said at the groundbreaking ceremony. “Brodbeck has been in the community for a long, long time, and through the work we’re doing with Bobby we’re able to come out here.

“We’ve got an expansion going on with our sales, so we needed some more space and we were able to work with Bobby to make that happen. So we appreciate him and his generosity.”

Wabash Mayor Robert Vanlandingham is pleased that Advanced Ag Resources chose to invest a presence in the new business park.

“It’s great to have (Advanced Ag Resources) here, now it’s all up to us,” he said at the ceremony. “And I would say the same thing about the county. We’re glad you decided to get involved with this.”

Hettmansperger is looking forward to the construction process and hopes to be in by October.

“This has been a concept in the works for two years,” he said to the Plain Dealer. “It’s been a challenging journey at times but it’s definitely exciting.”