Work begins on new distribution center
Construction began last week on a new 6,500-square-foot seed distribution center in Clinton, on U.S. Highway 183 north of town. West Gaines Seed Company is scheduled to open in approximately 60 days and will be managed by Michael Shackelford.
“We closed about 9 that morning (Tuesday) and my crew was there by 4:30 that afternoon,” said Shackelford. “The first thing they’re doing is trying to establish a driveway, so they can get into the property, then we’ll put a pad in.
“We’re not skimping. We’re going to do things right and it’s going to look good, and hopefully we’ll be ready in about 60 days.”
West Gaines Seed is a subsidiary of cotton seed company Americot, Inc., based out of Lubbock, Texas. Shackelford said in addition to cotton seed, the Clinton location will sell wheat varieties, hay, rye, triticale and oats.
The distribution centers are something new to the company, he said. He was hired by Americot a few months ago to handle the western Oklahoma territory.
“We’ll be doing some retail sales out of here, but we’ll also be a distribution point to service Oklahoma, Texas, and Kansas. Probably this first year we won’t do a whole lot, just because of the timing, and we’ll only be hiring three or four people. But I’m hoping this thing takes off really well this year and I can add positions.”
Shackelford, who was born in Clinton and raised in Bessie, said he’s been in the ag consulting business for 12 years. He and his wife, Carrie Shackelford, have three daughters attending Clinton schools.
“My wife was born and raised in Clinton, and her parents and her grandparents, and I absolutely consider Clinton my home town,” he said. “I’m just glad we can bring this distribution center to western Oklahoma. Pretty much about the time I actually get the building up and operational, we’ll already be starting to put cotton in the ground here. As soon as they put that last nail in, we’ll be open for business and ready to go.”