NEWS-LEDGER — JULY 31, 2013 –
R&D firm will take place of Affymetrix — which left West Sacto for Asia
By Steve Marschke
A Davis agricultural research and development operation will move to West Sacramento next year in order to expand.
Bayer CropScience, a division of Bayer AG of Germany, has acquired a 164,000-square foot facility at 870-890 Embarcadero Drive (near Reed Avenue and I-80), reported the Cushman & Wakefield commercial real estate firm. Cushman & Wakefield assisted Bayer CropScience in buying the building from Ethan Conrad Properties.
Bayer will use the facility for its U.S.-based research on vegetable seeds and crop protection products, said Cushman & Wakefield.
The plant will employ up to 300 people, added a statement from the Sacramento Area Commerce and Trade Organization (SACTO), which worked with the City of West Sacramento and the company to facilitate the move.
Various reports say Bayer was unable to find a suitable facility in Davis in which to expand its operations. It chose existing lab space in West Sacramento that was formerly home to Affymetrix. That biotech firm quit West Sacramento for Singapore four years ago.
“We’re thrilled with Bayer’s decision to locate in West Sacramento,” said West Sacramento Mayor Christopher Cabaldon in the SACTO press release. “The location will bring new jobs, revenue, and opportunities for other businesses and industry sectors in the area. Our staff worked closely with SACTO to put together a deal that allows Bayer AG to grow its footprint in the region.”
SACTO also credited the governor’s office for helping to make the move and expansion possible.
A company official said the move of about 10 miles would allow Bayer CropScience to continue its relationship with researchers at UC Davis.
“The new location offers top-notch equipment and allows for a stimulating exchange across disciplines,” said Johan Peleman, Head of Vegetable Seeds R&D, in a company press release. “At the same time, we can further strengthen our bonds with the University of California at Davis, one of the world’s top plant science institutes.”
The company will also use other land nearby in West Sacramento for “greenhouse and test plot purposes,” reported Bayer.
The company’s move is scheduled for early 2014, when it will begin expanding from its current workforce of about 140 people.
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