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Mycogen Seeds expands with research site on 11 acres of land in Olivia

OLIVIA -- Mycogen Seeds is constructing a new and expanded seeds research and development facility in Olivia, according to an announcement Wednesday by Dow AgroSciences.

It will continue Olivia's role as an important seed production and research center for the northern Corn Belt. The company expects to see its work force in Olivia expanded by 25 positions by 2015 due to the center. Construction got under way on the 11-acre site in October with plans for completion in mid-year 2011. The facility is being constructed near the corn monument along U.S. Highway 212 in Olivia.

It will have an office and seed processing building and an equipment storage and shop building. Olivia is also home to a Dow AgroSciences customer service and seeds operations site.

''The construction pro-gress at Olivia symbolizes Dow AgroSciences getting one step closer to achieving its goals for its seeds, traits and oils business,'' said Jeff Posch, Dow AgroSciences northern regional breeding leader.

The research site is part of Dow AgroSciences' long-term plan to increase its seed and biotechnology capabilities.

Mycogen has been a part of Olivia since its acquisition of Keltgen Seeds in 1996. Originally founded by the late Keith Keltgen in 1977, the Olivia-based company's focus was the development of corn hybrids that expanded the Corn Belt west and north. Keltgen had his start in Olivia with the Trojan Seed company.

Mycogen is part of Dow AgroSciences LLC, which is based in Indianapolis, Ind. The company, a wholly owned subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, has sales of $4.5 billion.