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A long-time employer in Mt. Pleasant has closed up shop. Dupont Pioneer closed its facility Thursday, May 15, 2014 idling 50 employees. The company says "Over the past several years, we have added capacity through growing capabilities, capital, and process improvement. We are closing Mt. Pleasant to better utilize our most modern plants and optimize growing areas." Officials say they are still working through the process of what to do with the workers. The company has other facilities in Iowa and across the country.

According to the company website, for 30 years the Mt. Pleasant facility produced, packaged and shipped hybrid seed corn to be distributed throughout the central corn belt.

Just last week, a Siouxland area seed company in western Iowa announced it would cut back on hiring detasselers because of a drop in seed corn production. Detasselers pull pollinating tassels off the top of seed corn plants.
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