Jul. 11, 2019
Sorghum is one of the plants Nuseed works to develop, along with sunflower and canola. The company is opening a new research facility in West Sacramento.
Nuseed has begun construction for its Global R&D Innovation Center in West Sacramento’s Riverside Commerce Centre. Nuseed’s West Sacramento Innovation Center will be a state-of-the-art facility with molecular lab and analytical capabilities, growth rooms, and a greenhouse for canola, sorghum and sunflower hybrid plant trait development. R&D will comprise 60% of the facility’s overall activity. The Nuseed Innovation Center will house 20 professionals in R&D, finance, human resources, IT and commercial management, and grow to 60 to 75 employees in the next five years.
Nuseed is a subsidiary of Nufarm Australia Limited, which established its first Innovation Center in Horsham, Australia. Leon Streit, head of Global R&D, said “we’ve experienced rapid global growth since our start in Australia in 2006. Nuseed has grown to 250 employees in 11 global locations. Nuseed’s global R&D teams develop unique canola, sorghum and sunflower plant input traits with agronomic and yield benefits for farmers and value-added plant-based solutions for completely new end-use markets.”
Nuseed selected West Sacramento for its high-quality business park and new building developed by Harsch Investment Properties. Nuseed was also drawn to the region’s rich agriculture heritage, university research and nearby Agri-tech businesses in West Sacramento. Nuseed worked closely with Harsch Investment Properties and praised West Sacramento as “a great location choice” for its cooperation in streamlining building permits and providing business incentives.
“We are pleased to be chosen by Nuseed for this new Innovation Center location and welcome them to our growing research and development community” said Mayor Christopher Cabaldon. “Nuseed’s Global R&D Innovation Center will expand West Sacramento’s thriving international business community and their decision to invest here further reinforces the region’s strong market position for agricultural technology companies.”
“Companies like Nuseed continue to change the landscape of the Greater Sacramento region as they see the value in our highly-educated talent base and the proximity to our universities. Nuseed brings high wage jobs in research and development, human resources, finance, IT and commercial management and will be a definite driver for our regional economy,” said Barry Broome, CEO & President of the Greater Sacramento Economic Council . “GSEC estimates that their economic impact within the first year will be approximately $9 million. Small and medium sized companies are what drive the economy, create new jobs and lead innovation.” Nuseed joins a growing list of international research and development companies in the West Sacramento Global Food Hub. West Sacramento offers business services to expanding and relocating companies including streamlined permits and business incentives.
Nuseed was assisted by Harsch Investment Properties, CBRE, the Greater Sacramento Economic Council and the City of West Sacramento. The City of West Sacramento wishes to thank John Shorey and Chris McConnico, Harsch Investment Properties, for their long-term commitment to Riverside’s high-quality flex space, and David Planting, CBRE, who represented Nuseed. The City wishes to thank Barry Broome and the Greater Sacramento Economic Council for their assistance with regional market data and relocation information.