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Chesterfield, USA, October 28, 2016 – Today marked the official opening of Monsanto’s 36 new greenhouses at its Chesterfield Research Center in St. Louis, USA. CEO, Hugh Grant, hosted a ribbon-cutting ceremony to mark the opening of this important new facility.
Corn stalks sit in a new greenhouse structure, which features 160,000 feet of glass. Credit Carolina Hidalgo | St. Louis Public Radio
The new high tech greenhouses represent part of a $400 million expansion announced in 2013 and is scheduled to be completed in June 2017. The expansion consists of 13 open greenhouses and 23 bench-format greenhouses; 105,000 square feet that is controlled for temperature and humidity by a custom Argus Controls system.
Currently approximately 1,100 employees work at the facility however, with the completion of the expansion, the new facility will accommodate approximately 2,000 R&D, scientists and other staff.
Also at the new Monsanto facility, Conviron recently completed the installation of 12 BDW80 plant growth chambers, which feature downward airflow and exceptional light and temperature uniformity.
See the original story on the St. Louis Public Radio website: news.stlpublicradio.org
A wholly owned subsidiary of Conviron and based in Surrey, BC, Canada, Argus is the North American leader in the design and supply of advanced automated monitoring and control systems for the horticulture, aquaculture and biotechnology industries. Clients include universities, agriculture biotech companies, government agencies and commercial growers.