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Lely North America Breaks Ground on New Iowa Facility
USAgNet - 10/28/2020

Last year, Lely announced plans for its new North American campus, furthering its commitment to Pella, the state of Iowa and the dairy producers across North America. The groundbreaking ceremony took place October 22 at the company's new location. Lely North America President Chad Huyser led the event, and the new campus expects to be open in the first quarter of 2022.

"This acquisition and expansion for our new campus will allow Lely to further support the North American dairy industry and our Lely Center distribution partners across the U.S. and Canada," stated Huyser. "This first phase of build-out will accommodate our needs today and into the future. With a much larger site plan established, we have the flexibility and designs in place to further expand as the level of adoption of automation expands and new technology continues to be introduced."

Lely North America's new campus spans nearly 60 acres at the intersection of IA-163 and 250th Ave. / Adams Ave. in Pella, Iowa. Huyser was joined by several special guests at the groundbreaking, including Iowa's Lieutenant Governor Adam Gregg and Pella Mayor Don DeWaard. Also in attendance were Lely's Iowa-based team members as well as a video simulcast to Lely employees across North America.

The company plans to move all its current operations from existing facilities under one roof upon completion. The new facility includes approximately 100,000 square feet of manufacturing and professional space, as well as a state-of-the-art training facility for use by employees and Lely's distribution partners throughout North America.

The current production activities include manufacturing of the Lely Astronaut A5 robotic milking system and Lely Luna cow brushes, but the new facility adds the ability to manufacture additional products in the Lely portfolio.

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