Italpollina, an Italian organic fertilizers manufacturer, plans to build a research center adjacent to its new Anderson manufacturing plant.
Italpollina CEO Luca Bonini says the research center, called Italpollina Park, will specialize in sciences used in the company's product development process.
The Herald Bulletin reports the center will include a greenhouse and numerous growth chambers. Researchers there will be able to test new products in local fields with advanced technologies, including special sensors installed on drones.
The complex will be built adjacent to Italpollina's new $9.2 million North American headquarters in Anderson. That 70,000-square-foot facility is expected to start production this month and employ 35 people.
Italpollina is a global leader in organic fertilizers, biostimulants and beneficial microorganisms.
The park will also situate near the new Purdue Polytechnic Anderson facility, a direct extension of the Purdue Polytechnic Institute of Purdue University. Italpollina Park will be the hallmark indication of the company’s commitment to the development of the U.S. market and to the advancement of the industry as a whole.
The park will feature a Convention and Training Center, which will provide a place for training on new products and technical demonstrations, as well as for research and industry regulation collaboration. The park will be completed with an exhibit space, dedicated to the 50-year history of Italpollina and based around the theme of “Innovation in Agriculture.”
“The park project represents further confirmation of our commitment to being a leader in sustainable and environmentally responsible agriculture,” Bonini said in a press release. “We are proud to announce the creation of Italpollina Park, a unique industrial and scientific center that will be a world landmark for the sector, and set the highest standards in the biostimulants market.”