FT. VALLEY, Ga. – On Sept. 1, 2014, Patten Seed Company’s new seed plant processed its first batch of grass seed in their facility on the grounds of Patten Seed’s Super-Sod farm.
Patten Seed bought the new Universal Coating Systems equipment to coat, treat and bag larger 25- and 50-pound bags of their TifBlair Centipede and Zenith Zoysia grass seed brands. Previously, the seed company had outsourced seed coating to a company in the western part of the U.S. and they had bagged their own grass seed, only in smaller 2-, 5-, 6- and 10-pounds bags.
The opening of the new facility now allows Patten Seed to grow, clean, coat, treat and bag all fo their own seed, keeping everything local to the Southeast. This streamlining and centralizing brings efficiency to the process of getting the seed from the farm to the consumer, saves shipping expenses, gives them more control of inputs and allows for a quicker turn-around time.