Missouri Governor Mike Parson announced that Bayer’s North American Crop Science Division is relocating 500 new, high-paying jobs to Creve Coeur, Missouri. The announcement comes nearly three years after Bayer announced its $66 billion acquisition of Missouri-based Monsanto.
“We are honored that a global company like Bayer has chosen to grow its presence here in our state,” said Governor Parson. “As you know, agriculture plays a critical role in our economy, and Bayer’s investment will only enhance Missouri’s strengths in the agricultural technology sector. We look forward to working together as we continue to grow and expand the industry.”
“We are proud to call Missouri home to our Global Headquarters for seeds and traits and the North American Crop Science Commercial Headquarters,” said Lisa Safarian, President, Commercial Operations North America at Bayer. “Governor Parson has been an important advocate for Bayer and the entire business community in Missouri, and I am honored to join him in marking this important day.”
Missouri’s agriculture industry contributes $33 billion in GDP to Missouri’s economy, and generates $88 billion in sales and more than 378,000 jobs. In fact, so much agricultural product is shipped via river barge from the St. Louis region that a 15-mile section of the Mississippi is becoming known as the “Ag Coast” of America.
“Our talented workforce across Missouri, and especially in the St. Louis region, is a vital asset in our ability to develop and deliver new tools and innovations to farmers,” Safarian continued. “At Bayer, we are delighted to offer these highly skilled, good jobs in the St. Louis region that will continue to positively shape agriculture in our state, region, and world.”
The announcement comes after Governor Parson’s first European Trade Mission, where he traveled internationally to highlight Missouri as an ideal location for business and encourage new investment in the state. The trade mission included a stop in Germany to meet with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann.
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