Olathe welcomes $40 million research lab
Fort Dodge Animal Health, specialising in vaccines, medicines and other
products for pets and livestock, plans to build a US$40 million research and
development facility in Olathe in the Kansas City region.
The 150,000-square-foot project, which will be staffed by more than 200
top-level scientists and employees and will include laboratories and offices, is
expected to open in 2009.
President of the company, E. Thomas Corcoran, said that the facility will
allow Fort Dodge to expand its existing research efforts and draw on the
business and academic resources in the area.
The Kansas Bioscience Authority will provide
Fort Dodge 30 acres at the north end of the bioscience park and up to $3.5
million in incentives. The company will also receive assistance through two
Kansas Department of Commerce programmes, enterprise zone tax credits, property
tax credits and sales tax exemptions.
Additionally, civic leaders said the Fort Dodge complex is an endorsement of
their efforts to attract new businesses and encourage the expansion of the more
than 100 area companies involved in the animal health industry.
â€¢ Kansas Bioscience Authority
â€¢ Fort Dodge Animal Health
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