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SUNNYSIDE, Wash. -- A Colorado-based fertilizer company plans to build a new facility on property it will purchase from the Port of Sunnyside.

Port commissioners said they have an agreement with Crop Production Services to sell 13 acres on Midvale Road, south of Interstate 82. The company plans to build a dry and liquid fertilizer storage distribution facility on the property.

Construction is scheduled to start in the next few months and be completed by fall. The plant is expected to provide 15 to 20 family-wage jobs, according to port officials.

The sale is expected to close within 120 days, said Jay Hester, the port’s executive director. In the meantime, the port will be working to make additional improvements to the property, which include providing access to the road north of the site and constructing a switch and rail spur. The port plans to apply for funds from the Yakima County’s Supporting Investments in Economic Diversification program and/or the state Community Economic Revitalization Board program to help cover the cost of these improvements.

Crop Production Services is a unit of Nutrien Ltd., a worldwide agricultural company with 20 operations throughout Washington state.

The project is the latest of several the port has facilitated recently. In the past year, it sold 25 acres at Midvale and Duffy roads to Ostrom’s Mushroom Farms for a new $25 million facility and another 26 acres to Darigold for future expansion of its Sunnyside plant.

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