b'annually, depending on the type of season and year. Andrews and his five employeesStuart Parlane, Mitch McRea, Kyle Painter, Zach Painter, and office manager Amanda Richardsmake up the mighty team, all of them locals.I always say born and raised, and Im going to die here. I farm southeast of town. I grew up on the family farm. Ive been here for 35 years, so its just always been my life, says Andrews.While Three Hills Seed Plant has shown great success in the community, all plants face obstacles that managers must overcome. One of the biggest challenges are all of the rules and regulations. Things are always getting more regulated as we go through the years, so just keeping up with that is a full-time job, Andrews explains.Were doing this upgrade to be higher capacity and more efficient. Hopefully, that will make things a little smoother as we go ahead. Farming gets bigger and the size of the job gets bigger, so being able to put seed through in a more efficient manner. Greg AndrewsThe UpgradeOver the years, the plant has made some updates to its chemical storage room, seed treater and has added a colour sorter. Despite the smaller improvements, Andrews and the board of Three Hills Seed Plant realized it was time for a larger-scale upgrade.The upgrade will be done within the current building, with all the cleaning machines replaced, doubling the handling capacity of the existing system.Andrews core mission is to offer the most efficient service, to get things done and have everybody ready for springtime. The new upgrade aligns well with his goals, as he believes the age of the plant and some of its internal workings could use a revamp.Were doing this upgrade to be higher capacity and more efficient. Hopefully, that will make things a little smoother as we go ahead. Farming gets bigger and the size of the job gets bigger, so being able to put seed through in a more efficient manner, he explains.With the upgrade, Andrews expects the plant will be able to Greg Andrews, manager of Three Hills and District Seed Cleaning Plant process 1,000 bushels, or 27 metric tons, an hour.22seed.ab.ca'