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June 24, 2020

Beck’s Hybrids to open space in Purdue’s Discovery Park District

becks-convergence Beck’s, a family-owned and -operated seed company, intends to open a satellite location in Purdue’s Discovery Park District. (Image provided) Download image

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – Purdue University announced Wednesday (June 24) that Beck’s, a family-owned and -operated seed company, intends to open a satellite location in Purdue’s Discovery Park District.

Officials from Beck’s worked with Carr Workplaces – a pioneer and leader in the co-working industry – to establish a location in the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration. Convergence is located in Discovery Park District, adjacent to the Purdue campus.

“This location will provide opportunities to increase our collaborations with the university, the Purdue Foundry and innovators in agricultural research,” said Scott Beck, president of Beck’s. “A location in Purdue’s Discovery Park District gives Beck’s access and exposure to high-quality talent.”

With the new space, Beck’s intends to partner with Purdue faculty and researchers from across campus, representing different colleges and multiple disciplines.

“Having an ag company, like Beck’s, commit to a presence down the street from our college opens the door to unique opportunities for our students and faculty,” said Karen Plaut, the Glenn W. Sample Dean of Agriculture. “In addition to the potential research collaborations, I am looking forward to seeing how our students can network with individuals from Beck’s to gain valuable industry insight.”

The $1 billion-plus Discovery Park District is a Purdue Research Foundation entity adjacent to the Purdue University campus and is a transformational center of innovation.

The district’s Convergence Center houses Carr Workplaces, the Purdue Foundry and the Purdue Research Foundation Office of Technology Commercialization. It will serve as the new home of innovation and collaboration for entrepreneurs and industry pioneers alike.

About Beck’s Hybrids

Beck’s is the largest family-owned, retail seed company in the United States that serves farmers in Arkansas, Illinois, Indiana, Iowa, Kansas, Kentucky, Michigan, Minnesota, Missouri, Mississippi, Ohio, South Dakota, Tennessee and Wisconsin. According to a recent seed industry survey, Beck’s ranks as the third largest corn and soybean seed brand in the United States and the number one seed brand in Indiana. To learn more about Beck’s, visit Follow Beck’s Hybrids on Twitter at, on Instagram at, like Beck’s Hybrids on Facebook at, subscribe to their YouTube channel at, or visit the Beck’s Blog at

About Discovery Park District

The Discovery Park District is a 400-acre, $1 billion-plus purpose-driven community that will include laboratories, advanced manufacturing facilities, offices, retail shops, restaurants, housing, green space, trails and an airport with a 7,000-foot runway. The district, which is a designated opportunity zone, houses the Convergence Center for Innovation and Collaboration, a facility designed to serve as a “front door” to companies that seek to collaborate with Purdue. Companies interested in locating in the Discovery Park District or Convergence Center should contact David Broecker, the foundation’s chief innovation and collaboration officer, at

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