St. Louis Post-Dispatch
By Tim Logan
CHICAGO • In one of the biggest corporate expansions the St. Louis region has seen in years, Monsanto said Tuesday that it would add 675 jobs and invest more than $400 million at its research facility in Chesterfield.
The plant science giant will add laboratories, greenhouses and plant growth chambers over the next three years at its Chesterfield Village Research Center, and plans to hire hundreds of scientists to help it develop new plant and seed technologies.
“This is a tremendous investment in the future of agricultural research and development in the state we proudly call home,” said Jerry Steiner, Monsanto’s executive vice president for sustainability and corporate affairs. “This gives our researchers what they need to get farmers the tools they need so that we all — 9 billion of us in a few decades — will be able to get the food we need.”
The company plans to add 400,000 square feet of lab space, greenhouses and high-tech plant growth chambers at the research center, which it originally built in 1984 and reacquired from Pfizer in 2010. Construction is scheduled to begin in August. Read Full Article »