Seed World

Syngenta Hits Safety Milestone

Located in Pekin, Illinois, Syngenta’s soybean seed production site has been injury-free for nearly seven years. According to the company, this is a result of the Syngenta Goal Zero safety initiative.
The Syngenta Goal Zero safety initiative is designed to eliminate incidents and injuries across its production and supply operations.
“The health and safety of our people is a core value at Syngenta,” says Tim Hufnagel, Pekin site manager. “To put this achievement in perspective, 500,000 hours without injury is equivalent to 240 full-time employees working for an entire year without incident. Safety is an important part of our workplace culture. We discuss it every day, at the beginning of each shift, and our employees not only take responsibility for their own safety, they look after one another.”
With a track record for safety, the Pekin seed production facility has served the seed industry since 1909 when it was first established as Sommer Bros. Seed Company. Syngenta reports that the 27-acre site contracts and produces soybean seed for customers in six states and has 14 employees.