A Lindsay employee paints control panels for Zimmatic center pivot irrigation systems. Lindsay’s manufacturing facility will undergo a $50 million expansion, solidifying Lindsay’s investment in a strong rural workforce, the company said. (Image courtesy Lindsay Corp./PRNewswire)

The company said its upgrades will improve efficiency, enhance product quality, and achieve best-in-class performance and service.

OMAHA, Neb.—Lindsay Corporation is planning to invest more than $50 million over the next two years in its largest global manufacturing facility, located in Lindsay, the company said in a release. The company is a major global manufacturer and distributor of irrigation and infrastructure equipment and technology,

This investment is reported to be the largest in Lindsay’s history. The company said it expects to begin capital spending in the second quarter of fiscal 2024 and complete the facility modernization by the end of 2025.

“We offer a best-in-class customer experience,” said Randy Wood, president and CEO of Lindsay Corporation, in the release. “That includes well-designed products, built by the industry’s top professionals, in facilities that lead the industry in safety, quality, and efficiency. This investment will accelerate Lindsay’s ability to bring its latest innovations, including the Smart Pivot, to market, and it aligns with our strategic growth plan and commitment to leveraging state-of-the-art technology across our global operations.”

Lindsay plans to modernize its facility by implementing Industry 4.0 technologies, including data connectivity, analytics, artificial intelligence, and adding automation and robotics. The facility will house new equipment and the latest advancements in galvanizing, a core process for manufacturing pivot irrigation systems and road safety products. Lindsay will also expand the facility footprint by 40,000 square feet to allow for increased capacity and capabilities in metal forming, the company said.

‘“Lindsay has grown to become a worldwide force in irrigation and infrastructure, all from small town Nebraska,” said Nebraska Governor Jim Pillen, in the release. “This historic investment will continue to drive innovation, improve efficiencies, and enhance products that will benefit agriculture and infrastructure projects across the globe. I appreciate Lindsay’s longstanding role and commitment to the state of Nebraska.”

Rich Harold, Lindsay Corporation’s senior vice president, global operations, said that as part of its operational excellence journey, Lindsay will be “designing and implementing the factory of the future.”

“This investment will create additional value for our customers, employees, and other stakeholders by allowing us to improve efficiency, enhance product quality through better monitoring and adjustment of production systems, be more responsive to cyclical market needs, address labor availability challenges, and achieve best-in-class performance and service.,” Harold said in the release.

Lindsay Corporation was established in 1955. The company said that since then, it has been at the forefront of research and development of innovative products to meet the food, fuel, fiber, and transportation needs of the world’s rapidly growing population.

The Lindsay family of irrigation brands includes Zimmatic™ center pivot and lateral move agricultural irrigation systems, FieldNET™ and FieldWise™ remote irrigation management technology, FieldNET Advisor™ irrigation scheduling technology, and industrial IoT technology.

Also active in the transportation industry, Lindsay Transportation Solutions manufactures equipment to improve road safety and keep traffic moving on the world’s roads, bridges, and tunnels.