Corbion Holds Groundbreaking Ceremony June 21 For New State-of-The-Art Facility in Lenexa, KS
Date Posted: July 13, 2017
Corbion, a global ingredient supplier, held a groundbreaking ceremony June 21 for a new 58,000-square-foot facility in Lenexa, KS, a suburb of Kansas City, that will enhance laboratory research and development capabilities and allow the company to consolidate its two nearby offices into a single facility to serve customers in North America.
From left: Eddy van Rhede, CFO of Corbion; Jacqueline van Lemmen, executive vice-president of operations of Corbion; Tjerk de Ruiter, CEO of Corbion; Andy Muller, executive vice-president of Biobased Ingredients of Corbion; Kenneth Block, managing principle, Block Real Estate Services, L.L.C.; Michael Boehm, mayor of Lenexa, KS; Marcel Wubbolts, Ph.D., chief technology officer of Corbion; Johan van der Hel, executive vice-president of human resources of Corbion, and Marc Den Hartog, executive vice-president of Biobased Innovations of Corbion. Photo supplied by Corbion.
The new building, which will be located on the corner of 87th Terrance and Flint Street in the Pine Ridge West Business Park, is expected to be completed in August 2018.
“Corbion has operated its North America regional headquarters out of two nearby office buildings for 11 years, and this new structure will afford employees a single location and state-of-the-art labs to work and collaborate together,” said Jennifer Lindsey, Corbion’s senior director of global marketing.
“The consolidation and new facility, which can accommodate up to 200 employees, also will help reduce operation costs and provide the means to meet growing demand more efficiently and create an enjoyable and innovative working environment.”
Designed to support the company’s highly collaborative approach to innovation, the new facility will make it easier for Corbion scientists, marketers, and application experts to work closely with customers more closely in developing product concepts that respond to consumer demands in a constantly evolving global marketplace, according to Lindsey.
“Significant additions will include new state-of-the-art bakery research and application labs, as well as a new meat lab to support Corbion’s rapidly growing role in the meat industry,” she added.
“Of the total office space, approximately 15,000 square feet will be devoted for these lab services.”
In building the new facility, Corbion plans to reduce its energy footprint by considering some sustainable attributes such as solar panels, super-efficient light-emitting diode (LED) lights, automated lighting systems, optimizing the air handling/HVAC system, energy-efficient windows, and improved insulation.
The company also plans to furnish the new building with furniture made from recycled or green materials and expand its recycling and compostable waste management program.
“Corbion’s tagline is ‘Keep Creating,’ because we never stop looking for new and better ways to apply our technologies and experience to benefit our customers and the consumers who buy their products,” said Andy Muller, Corbion’s executive vice president.
“This new facility will enhance and support our efforts even more in meeting their important needs.”
For more information about Corbion, go to: www.corbion.com