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Syngenta Selects Malta, Illinois for R&D Innovation & Customer Center

A leading agriculture company, Syngenta plans to build a new R&D Innovation and Customer Experience Center on a 90-acre site in Malta, Illinois.

The DeKalb County site, about one hour west of Syngenta’s global and North America Seeds offices in Downers Grove, was selected for its location, soil type and accessibility.

According to company officials, in addition to showcasing Syngenta’s leading technology and innovation, this new site will spotlight how Syngenta is transforming product development through on-farm collaboration with growers; it will also provide facilities for large-scale events and engagement with growers on corn and soybean technology and innovation. Construction on the Northern Illinois site is expected to begin early next year with the site scheduled to open by the end of 2022.

“This new site will enable us to accelerate our innovation in Seeds R&D while strengthening our focus on delivering new capabilities through investments in breeding and digital technologies,” said Trevor Hohls, Global Head Seeds Development. “This is a strong statement of our commitment to innovation and providing our scientists with the resources to bring the best products and technologies to solve the key problems that growers face.”

“I’m really excited about this strategic investment and how it will bring us even closer to the center of the US seeds market, as well as providing access to world-leading agriculture and digital talent in the Midwest,” said Justin Wolfe, Regional Director Seeds North America. “We’re committed to US farmers, and this site will allow us to collaborate even more with our customers.”

This investment builds on Syngenta’s continued commitment to Seeds R&D in the US. In addition to Syngenta’s global innovation center in Research Triangle Park, North Carolina, the company opened a new $30 million Trait Conversion Accelerator in Nampa, Idaho last August.

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