At the tax abatement hearing, Steve Bonine, with Pioneer, said the seed grown in Indiana is shipped out of state for processing.
Pioneer currently employs 259 people in Tipton County.
Tipton plant manager Chad Hodgens said the local facility doesn’t have the technology or space needed to process the seed.
The new process would be blending two types of hybrid seeds into one product that is in demand by consumers.
The estimate is that five jobs will be created in 2013, six in 2014, five in 2015 and four in 2016.
Pioneer last expanded its operations in Tipton County in 2007 with a $1.3 million, 10,000 square foot expansion of its seed quality facility. The last expansion prior to that was in 1988.
Founded in 1926, DuPont Pioneer produces and supplies hybrid or improved varieties of maize, soybean, sunflower, canola, rice, sorghum, alfalfa, cotton and wheat to farmers in more than 90 countries. The company, which operates 75 production plants worldwide, seeks to sustain and improve global agriculture through its more than 100 research and development facilities worldwide.