JOHNSTON - Modern agriculture is a phenomenal success story, and DuPont's new Innovation Center in Johnston will help share this story with thousands of people worldwide.
"This Innovation Center will focus on food security and protecting the things that are important to all of us," said Paul Schickler, president of DuPont Pioneer, who noted that up to 10,000 government officials, researchers and business leaders are expected to visit the facility annually.
The new Innovation Center will focus on DuPont Pioneer's integrated science capabilities across the food, agriculture and energy value chains.
The Johnston facility is the company's second innovation center in the United States (the first is in Michigan) and the 12th around the world. Other Innovation Centers have been opened recently in Turkey, Japan, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand, India, Brazil, Mexico, Russia and Switzerland.
"Iowa is thriving because of companies like DuPont Pioneer," said Debi Durham, director of the Iowa Economic Development Authority. "As they continue to invest in research and development, they are creating high-skilled jobs that are making Iowa home to world-class innovators and industry-leading experts."
DuPont Pioneer also plans to break ground on a new research facility, Beaver Creek II, in Johnston in the fall of 2013 - a project that will add 100 new jobs to the Des Moines metro area.
Additionally, DuPont is investing more than $200 million in its Nevada commercial cellulosic ethanol production facility. The plant will create more than 60 full-time jobs and involve hundreds of farmers who will supply the stover to the facility upon completion.
To learn more about DuPont's Innovation Centers, visit www.innovationcenter.dupont.com.