Dow AgroSciences is building a lab/office facility set to open in 2010, a positive indicator for the crop protection industry in today’s tough economic environment.
Dow AgroSciences has signed a 15-year lease with Indianapolis, IN-based Browning for an 80,000-square-foot building to be built on Browning’s Northwest Technology campus. The Browning campus is adjacent to Dow AgroSciences’ global headquarters in northwest Indianapolis.
The innovative two-story building will house laboratories and offices for approximately 100 researchers working in various disciplines to advance Dow AgroSciences’ technology for agriculture. Groundbreaking for the new facility will take place in August 2009, and Dow AgroSciences anticipates occupying the new building by mid- 2010. Browning will serve as the building’s developer, owner, and general contractor. Terms of the lease were not disclosed.
“As our company continues its commitment to discovering and delivering innovative solutions for the agricultural marketplace, it is critical that we increase the available space of our research facilities to support our current and future growth,” says Dr. Daniel R. Kittle, vice president of Research and Development at Dow AgroSciences. “This expansion will enable us to accelerate investment in new scientific expertise, capabilities, and markets for our growing Seeds, Traits, and Oils business.”
The newest facility is part of a global master plan for Dow AgroSciences’ research efforts as it develops and commercializes new products to help customers in agricultural and related market segments. The leased space will house existing employees as well as those added in the future according to the company’s long-term strategic workforce plan. Key areas of recruiting are focused on science and technology positions. Those interested in career opportunities with Dow AgroSciences should visit www.dowagro.com/careers/ for job postings over the coming months.