Bayer CropScience to add 128 jobs in Morrisville

Posted May 6, 2009

Bayer CropScience will expand its operations in Morrisville with as many as 128 new jobs over the next five years, officials announced Wednesday.

The state will provide the company with as much as $2.3 million in tax rebates through a Job Development Investment Grant as part of an incentive plan for the company’s expansion.

Bayer CropScience said it would invest some $10.2 million in its Morrisville facility.

The expansion will include a research and development center and the firm’s BioAnalytics and Regulatory Affairs operations.

“Bayer CropScience has strong roots in North Carolina, and a firm commitment to continuing to grow our business here,” Bill Buckner, Bayer CropScience’s chief executive, said in a statement. “In addition to having one of the best-trained biotechnology work forces in the country, this region is also a center of agricultural and biotechnology innovation, so when we were looking to expand our innovation capacity, it made great business sense to do so in this area. We are excited about establishing our Research and Development Innovation Center here, and the opportunities it provides for our company and the region.”

Some 400 people already work for Bayer CropScience in Morrisville. A part of Bayer AG, Bayer CropScience focuses on biotechnology to boost crops.

“North Carolina is a recognized world leader in biotechnology manufacturing and research,” Gov. Beverly Perdue said in a statement. “Our state continues to support the expansion of global companies attracted by our top-rated business climate, knowledge-based work force and unparalleled quality of life.”

North Carolina’s biotech industry is one of the largest clusters in the country with more than 50,000 workers.

The grant was approved by the state’s Economic Investment Committee at a meeting Wednesday.

According to Perdue’s office, the new jobs will pay average salaries of $101,018, plus benefits.


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  • ImaBee May 6, 2009

    bbq_lover, this is going nowhere except that you have finally admitted that the seedless fruits are produced from plants are modified which means not naturally found in the wild. So this is my last post on this story.

  • bbq_lover May 6, 2009

    More background if you're interested:

    Trust me, seedless fruit (predominantly) are a result of selective breeding.

  • bbq_lover May 6, 2009

    Polyploidy (in plants) is through a chemical process, technically it's chemically modified not genetically modified.

  • ImaBee May 6, 2009

    another quote from the article...
    "Plant biologists have learned that if the plant hormone auxin is produced early in ovule development, parthenocarpic fruit can grow on plants that do not usually exhibit this property. Thus, genetic engineering will most likely give consumers parthenocarpic fruit in many other species in the near future. "
    Genetic engineering?!?!
    The title of the story is even Genetic Engineering, please tell me again how the do not modify the genes of these plants.

  • ImaBee May 6, 2009

    This is a statment from your article bbq_lover...
    "Plant breeders produce triploid seed by crossing a normal diploid parent with a tetraploid parent, which itself is made by genetically manipulating diploids to double their chromosome number."
    genetically manipulated, says it all.

  • bbq_lover May 6, 2009

  • ImaBee May 6, 2009

    bbq_lover, the only natural seedless plants you will find are mutations of the parent plant. Scientist recognized this and take this specific gene out of the plant so that it does not produce the seeds. Therefore, the plant's natural DNA is being modified to produce the wanted end result.

  • bbq_lover May 6, 2009

    CHgrad, you may need to go back to school b/c seedless fruits aren't GMO.

  • Raleigh Boys May 6, 2009

    Is it true BayerCrop is working on a veggie $60.00 hamburger for the former gov?

  • ImaBee May 6, 2009

    Animal Lover,
    You know very little about GMO crops and its benefits. I am assuming you are a vegetarian and possibly vegan. Odds have it that at least some of the vegetables and fruits you eat are GMO. Do you eat seedless watermelon or any other seedless fruit? Fruit is not natually seedless it is modified not to produce seeds. Plus why do you think a large population of Africa is starving? Its because most areas in Africa are forbidden to use pesticides or grow GMO crops. Maybe you should fully research these topics for their benefits before blasting it.