Bayer CropScience Files Permit Application for Greenhouse

Bayer CropScience is moving ahead with construction of its $17 million greenhouse near Agricenter International, filing a $2 million permit application with the city-county Office of Construction Code Enforcement.
The application lists Bayer as the owner and tenant and Rose Construction Inc. as the contractor. It describes the facility as 55,000 square feet at 7610 Smythe Farm Road, and lists the scope of the project as “shell permit to erect greenhouse shell only.”
In late March, Bayer CropScience and Collierville-based Helena Chemical Co. announced separate investments at Agricenter International totaling nearly $20 million, and both companies unveiled their plans at an April 1 ceremony.
Bayer’s greenhouse, which is expected to be finished early next year, will feature 40,000 square feet of growing space plus open office space. By incorporating automation into the design, the greenhouse will result in a 40 percent reduction annually in natural gas and electricity consumption.
Bayer, the leading cottonseed company globally, has leased space from Agricenter since 1992. Once finished, the company’s Memphis greenhouse will allow it to increase the number of traits for cotton varieties in U.S. and global markets.
Helena Chemical’s investment at the Agricenter includes construction of a $2.2 million, 8,500-square-foot research formulation laboratory as well as improvements to existing facilities.
Source: The Daily News Online & Chandler Reports
– Daily News staff
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