Bayer CropScience is formally opening its doors at a new $20 million greenhouse in RTP.
The massive facility, located at 2 T.W. Alexander Drive, covers 60,000 square feet and stands three stories tall.
The company, which bases its North American headquarters in RTP, plans a a ribbon cutting at 9 a.m.
Corn and soybean research and development, including molecular breeding, will be points of emphasis for workers at the facility.
Dr. Wolfgang Plischke, Bayer AG management board member for Innovation, Technology and Sustainability; Dr. David Nicholson, Bayer CropScience head of research and development and executive committee member; and Jim Blome, President and CEO of Bayer CropScience North America, are scheduled to be on hand.
The facility includes 30,000 square feet of greenhouse space, more than 3,500 square feet of office and meeting space, and 2,400 square feet of growth chambers.
A laboratory, seed handling and storage areas as well as a 70,000 gallon underground water storage tank are part of the greenhouse.