SACRAMENTO-The Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization recently revealed that Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG, has found a home in West Sacramento. The new facility will serve as the US-based R&D operations for the vegetable seed and crop protection products.
The approximately 164,000-square-foot facility on 10 acres will employ 300 at full capacity. The company will also acquire an additional non-contiguous site on which to construct a greenhouse and test plot facility.
The project will have an economic impact of more than $127 million in output—the value of goods and services in the Sacramento Region economy on an annual basis generated through direct, indirect, and induced activities of the company.
Bayer CropScience will use the new site to expand and accelerate the development of innovative products which will be marketed worldwide as part of integrated crop solutions through the company’s global network of field sales and technical resources.
“Integrated crop solutions, with Biologics and Vegetable Seeds as key components, will give growers worldwide new tools to manage the diverse demands of the food chain while maximizing the yield and quality of their crops,” states Mike Miille, head of business management of Biologics at Bayer CropScience. “It is exciting that the new jobs that will be created in Greater Sacramento area through this investment and expansion will have such a wide-reaching impact.”
The West Sacramento facility will further strengthen the company’s bonds with the University of California at Davis. “The commitment to the Sacramento Region that this investment represents by a company with the global stature of Bayer AG validates the region’s strength in agriculture, biotech, and related sciences and paves the way for more companies to follow,” says Gary L. Bradus, SACTO Board Chair.
The location will bring new jobs, revenue, and opportunities for other businesses and industry sectors in the area, adds West Sacramento Mayor, Christopher Cabaldon. “Our staff worked closely with SACTO to put together a deal that allows Bayer AG to grow its footprint in the region.”
Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries.
Bayer was represented by Ron Thomas and Bruce Hohenhaus of Cushman & Wakefield. The project enlisted the assistance of many partners at both the state and local levels.