Dow AgroSciences has officially opened a new 175,000-square-foot R&D facility at the company’s Global Headquarters in Indianapolis, IN. The new facility is part of a global growth plan for Dow AgroScience’s research efforts for development and commercialization of new crop protection and seed, traits and oils products for growers around the world.
Executives from The Dow Chemical Company and Dow AgroSciences were joined by Indiana Gov. Mike Pence for a ribbon-cutting event on April 10.
“At Dow AgroSciences, we are dedicated to providing solutions for the growing world that will help farmers improve food production,” said Antonio Galindez, Dow AgroSciences President and CEO. “This new center of expertise will greatly enhance our ability to discover new products and technologies, achieve our growth milestones and create new jobs.”
As the newest addition to the company’s 192-acre Indianapolis campus, the research center will support the R&D activities of more than 200 research scientists from the Advanced Technology Development and Bioengineering and Bioprocessing Research and Development functions. The facility includes office and lab configurations that deliver efficient, high-performing, quality biotechnology research labs, while enhancing the company’s safety culture.
The facility was constructed to achieve certification for Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) through utilization of recycled and reclaimed materials, multiple window views to allow better use of natural daylight, and a reflective white roof (made by The Dow Chemical Company) and extensive heat recovery system to help control temperatures.
The new facility is the first part of a multiyear expansion plan announced by Dow AgroSciences in 2010. That plan also includes a new 14,000-square-foot greenhouse and the addition of more than 550 scientific and commercial jobs by 2015. The company has already hired more than 400 new employees in Indiana since 2010.