Brandt is expanding its corporate headquarters in Springfield. (Photo by Carrie Muehling/WJBC)
By Carrie Muehling
SPRINGFIELD – An agricultural company that expanded into McLean and Livingston counties three years ago is now expanding its corporate headquarters.
The groundbreaking Tuesday on the expansion of the corporate headquarters for Brandt in Springfield will add 22,000 sq ft. to the 26,000 sq ft. building the company moved into just five years ago.
“It just blows my mind,” said Glen Brandt, who began the company nearly 60 years ago in Pleasant Plains. “I fought the original facilities here. I said that’s more building than we’ll ever need, and look at us today. We’ve got people on top of one another.”
Brandt recognized the technological growth within the agriculture industry as one reason for the rapid expansion of a company like this one.
“There has been more scientific and probably progression in the agricultural market in the last five or ten years than there has been in the whole history of our company. So, you’ve just got to keep up with the times,” said Brandt.
Brandt’s son, Rick, serves as president and CEO of the company, which continues to grow domestically and internationally.
“We’ve been on a rapid growth path. We’ve added positions. We’ve added a new marketing division since we got into the NASCAR program, so we’ve got a need for more space,” said Brandt.
Brandt listed the acquisition of fertilizer plants in the Bloomington area among important growth opportunities for the company, as well as growth into Fresno County, Cal. and other areas along the west coast. He also looks to grow the company more on an international level in the coming years. Brandt is already planning for the company’s 60th anniversary in 2013.
“We’re going to celebrate, I think, in big style. We’ve got some things planned to kick off the year,” said Brandt.
In addition to the headquarters in Springfield and several retail locations in that area, Brandt also maintains facilities in Cooksville, Cropsey, Fairbury, Gridley, Lexington and Towanda.
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Steve Bridge of WFMB Radio in Springfield contributed to this story.