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Gov. Nixon Announces St. Louis Bioscience Expansion

Leading global plant science company KWS has selected St. Louis as the home of its new North American research facility. Yesterday, Gov. Jay Nixon joined company officials from KWS, leaders from the Donald Danforth Plant Science Center, and local economic development partners at the BioResearch and Development Growth (BRDG) Park to announce the expansion, a capital investment of $13.7 million that is expected to create 75 new, high-paying jobs

“When we first developed Missouri’s Strategic Initiative for Economic Growth in 2010, we recognized that supporting the bioscience industry would be vital to the future of our economy,” Gov. Nixon said. “Since then, we have seen tremendous growth in this industry as more and more bioscience companies are choosing to make their home in Missouri, strengthening the state’s reputation as a bioscience powerhouse. I welcome KWS to the Show-Me State and look forward to building on this success.”


Headquartered in Germany, KWS has been breeding crops for temperate climates for more than 150 years, providing seed cultivation for sugar beets, corn, grains, feed, oil and protein plants, vegetables, potatoes, and other related activities. The company will establish the KWS Gateway Research Center in the Danforth’s BRDG Park.  KWS plans to immediately begin the process of renovating more than 19,000 square-feet of space inside the BRDG Park’s Building One to fit custom lab and office space, in addition to constructing a dedicated greenhouse complex adjacent to Building One.

To read more about KWS’ St. Louis expansion plans, please click here. You can also watch a video of Gov. Nixon welcoming KWS to the Show-Me State at this website

For more information about Missouri’s growing bioscience sector, visit this link.

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