AMARILLO, TX (KFDA) - Adobe Walls Gin produced its one millionth cotton bale earlier this year as its production numbers continue to rise.
Last season the gin produced 283,201 bales, doubling its numbers and ginning 2,000 cotton bales per day.
Bobby Williams, one of the gin's founders, has been in the cotton business for 70 years. In 2006, when cotton farms started thriving in the north Panhandle, he and his son wanted to build the gin to help with local production.
"We discovered cotton would grow up here and the variety were right," said Williams. "Climate was right. And we need another cash crop on the North Plains that relied on less water than corn."
The gin contributes its success to the high success local cotton farmers are having in a non-traditional cotton landscape.
"The genetics, the breeding that the large seed companies have done have made cotton possible in areas that previously were considered too cold, with short growing seasons for cotton," said Craig McCloy, of McCloy Family Farms.
It also says the team behind the gin lines make things run fast and smooth.
"The management, the superintendent, the head ginner, the people working here," said Brice Williams. "It was designed very well, and we have probably the best crew available to keep this thing running fast day in and day out."
The gin is currently putting in two more gin lines, which will allow it to produce 30 to 40 more bales an hour this upcoming season.