September 05, 2012
Dupont Pioneer is announcing a $2.5 million dollar expansion of its Mankato corn research center. Pioneer first created a research station in Mankato back in 1958 and has been in the current facility since 1966. The expansion includes renovation of the existing office space plus a new site plan to increase safety and efficiency. The expansion will take place is two phases and will be completed by mid 2013.
Growth continues in the Mankato area. The Dupont Pioneer Research Center has already broken ground on a two and a half million dollar expansion.
Research Fellow Dean Christensen says the existing office and corn seeding structure is being doubled in size, while an additional large equipment building will go up next spring. Christensen says hundreds of local people have worked at the corn seeding facility over summer break from high school and college over the years.
The Dupont Pioneer Research Center is located south of town on highway 22.
Dupont is the world’s top developer and supplier of advanced plant genetics, providing seeds to farmers in more than 90 countries.