A Japanese company recently announced plans for investing $14 million to expand hay-storage facilities and a hay-cubing operation at the Port of Pasco in Washington State.

The company, Zen-Noh Hay, is a subsidiary of Zen-Noh, a large agriculture cooperative based in Tokyo. Zen-Noh Hay ships compressed alfalfa cubes to dairy and beef producers in Japan and other parts of Asia.

According to local newspaper reports, Zen-Noh Hay opened a $3.1 million alfalfa cubing plant at the Port of Pasco in 1995. For the current expansion, the company is in the process of building an 81,900 sq ft structure and has also received a building permit for a 263,250 sq ft building. The smaller building will store up to 8,900 tons of hay.