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May 4, 2010

Pioneer to Expand R&D in Puerto Rico

In a press release issued by Dupont/Pioneer at the Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO) annual convention in Chicago dated 4 May 2010, the company announced with the Puerto Rico Industrial Development Company (PRIDCO) that it planned to build a second Pioneer research and development center in Salinas, Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico has developed a biotechnology cluster and Dupont/Pioneer projects that this newest research laboratory will add another 100 jobs.  It is estimated that the new facility will open in early 2011. 

John Soper, senior research director at Pioneer noted that the decision is a good one for the company as Puerto Rico "has the same regulatory framework as the mainland United States -- including efficient transportation of seed -- but offers a longer growing season suitable for planting crops year-round.”

Pioneer's first facility in Puerto Rico was a parent seed production facility opened in 1989 in Salinas.  Today this unit employs 130 permanent employees and 1,000 temporary workers during the growing season.

For more see: "Pioneer Hi-Bred to Expand R&D in Puerto Rico; Lab to Create 100 New Jobs," Pioneer Press Release, Chicago, Illinois, 4 May 2010.

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