Monsanto completes newest research building

Project part of company’s $400 million expansion in Chesterfield, Mo.

Monsanto recently celebrated the agricultural innovation the company is delivering from its global research and development headquarters in Chesterfield, Mo. As part of the event, Monsanto leaders and employees, joined by state and local officials, cut a ribbon to celebrate the completion of Monsanto’s newest technology building, which is part of the company’s $400 million expansion at its Chesterfield Research Center.

Monsanto’s expansion in Chesterfield began with groundbreaking in the fall of 2013. The expansion project has supported growth in the St. Louis, Mo., region through the addition of 675 job opportunities, inclusive of opportunities directly with Monsanto or through third-party contracts.

“With this investment, we are underscoring our commitment to advancing St. Louis as the epicenter for global agricultural innovation,” Monsanto chairman and chief executive officer Hugh Grant said. “Today is an important celebration of the possibilities that can be unlocked here. This facility will be tackling some of the world’s most critical needs as we look to identify ways to help growers around the world grow crops in more sustainable ways.”

The Chesterfield Research Center focuses on such key areas as plant breeding, biotechnology, agriculture productivity, data science, crop protection and biologicals. To support these research disciplines, the expansion project includes a new 400,000 sq. ft. research building that now houses 13 controlled-environment agriculture rooms and 250 additional research laboratories. The research building is flanked by a new parking garage topped with 36 additional high-tech greenhouses that began operating in the fall of 2016.

The new building achieved a Leadership in Energy & Environmental Design (LEED) Gold Certification -- doing so by demonstrating an energy use savings of 21%, utilization of recycled content materials and regionally manufactured and extracted materials and construction waste management. It also was recognized for water use reduction and water reuse by reusing approximately 1 million gal. per year through a 15,000 gal. rainwater collection tank and reuse distribution system.

“For nearly two decades, Monsanto has been delivering agricultural innovation around the world from St. Louis,” Grant said. “This facility ensures that this legacy of innovation will continue for many years to come. Once the company’s pending acquisition by Bayer is completed, the global seeds and traits research and development organization for the combined company will be headquartered in St. Louis, along with the agriculture commercial headquarters for North America. The acquisition is an investment in innovation and people that is expected to create several-thousand new high-tech, well-paying jobs after integration is complete.”

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