The company’s investment in the Salinas facility totaled $6 million — $2.5 million to remodel a 22,000-square-foot facility into a laboratory and $3.5 million for machinery and equipment — and is expected to create some 100 skilled jobs in the agronomy field.
These new positions include both lab and related positions. Company officials said 40 jobs have been created and the remaining 60 will be added over the next 18 months.
The new research laboratory adds to the island’s thriving bioagriculture cluster. It will focus on marker technologies used to discover, characterize and commercialize traits and seed varieties —including corn, soy, sorghum and sunflower— that are resistant to plagues and require less pesticides and herbicides.