Dow AgroSciences Seed Quality Control Laboratory to expand, relocate seed lab to Purdue Research Park
March 8, 2011
INDIANAPOLIS and WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. – As part of its ongoing commitment to grow and expand its branded seed business, Dow AgroSciences announced Tuesday (March 8) it will relocate its Seed Quality Control Lab to a larger laboratory site at the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette.
This move is part of Dow AgroSciences' overall business growth strategy and continued investment in its global seeds business. In March 2010, Dow AgroSciences announced a five-year expansion plan in Indiana, including a 175,000-square-foot research building and a 14,000-square-foot greenhouse in Indianapolis focused on plant biotechnology capabilities to advance the company's R&D discovery efforts.
The Purdue Research Park lab facility will enable the future capacity and capabilities needed to support the growing Dow AgroSciences seeds business, as well as serve as a proving ground for its next-generation technologies. Additionally, the new lab facility will allow for the implementation of additional testing technology and capabilities, future expansion opportunities and closer collaboration with scientists at Dow AgroSciences' Indianapolis global headquarters.
All current Dow AgroSciences quality control lab employees based in Marshalltown, Iowa, will be offered an opportunity at the new Indiana-based lab. The transition of programs and people will begin after construction of the new facility is completed in the third quarter of 2011. The relocation is expected to be completed during the first quarter of 2012.
In addition, the Dow AgroSciences seed corn production facility, also located in Marshalltown, will be expanding at its current location and continue to handle seed corn production, packaging and shipping.
The new lab facility will be an addition to the current Dow AgroSciences presence at the Purdue Research Park of West Lafayette, which includes a 15,000-square-foot research and development space and an 11,000-square-foot greenhouse complex leased by Dow AgroSciences for life sciences research. To help fund the life sciences research project in 2010, the Indiana Economic Development Corporation provided a $2.2 million grant to the Purdue Research Foundation to assist in the construction of the greenhouse.
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The 725-acre Purdue Research Park has the largest university-affiliated business incubation complex in the country. The park is home to more than 157 companies. About 100 of these firms are technology-related and another 39 are incubator businesses. The park is owned and managed by the Purdue Research Foundation, a private, nonprofit foundation created to assist Purdue University in the area of economic development. In addition to the Purdue Research Park in West Lafayette, the foundation has established technology parks in other locations around Indiana including Merrillville, New Albany and Indianapolis.