Dow Agrosciences is expanding its operations in Puerto Rico. This news release from the company says its wholly owned subsidiary, Mycogen Seeds – Puerto Rico Corporation, opened a new seed research and development facility on the island.
The new Salinas/Guayama site is a corn and soybean breeding and parent seed facility, and will meet additional agricultural research needs with increased capabilities.
The new site includes 16 buildings containing office spaces, seed labs, equipment storage and several fields. Together, the buildings cover more than 70,000 square feet. With the growth at the Salinas/Guayama site, a number of new, full-time and seasonal positions were added in 2014 with plans to continue to increase employment over the next five years.
“This expansion is one of many projects we have completed around the world to bring farmers the best technologies and traits in corn and soybeans,” said [Rolando Meninato, Dow AgroSciences Global Leader, Seeds Global Business Unit]. “Dow AgroSciences’ research efforts in corn and soybeans concentrate on the development of innovative technologies that will provide solutions for the growing world.”
Local officials say the new station will draw a strong talent pool to Puerto Rico and act as an economic development tool for the island.