US (CO): Cargill greenhouse expansion under way

International food producer Cargill is expanding its operations in Fort Collins, Colorado, which includes its specialty seeds and oils innovation center. In July, construction began on a new greenhouse at Cargill’s facility, the construction is scheduled to be complete in early October, according to a company spokesperson.

Plans filed with the city of Fort Collins indicate that a total of six greenhouses eventually could be built on the space adjacent to Cargill’s existing facility, which serves as a research and development center for the company’s Clear Valley canola oils, according to its website.

Cargill had fewer than 50 employees in 2012, but was listed as one of Fort Collins’ top five bioscience employers by the city’s Bioscience Cluster. Internationally, Cargill employs 140,000 people.

One greenhouse is under construction, along with an attached space housing central temperature-control equipment, and a work and storage area.

The plans show an 11,232-square-foot greenhouse and a 4,368-square-foot temperature control and work room under construction along Drake Road east of Timberline Road. Cargill’s existing facility includes three greenhouses, a pavilion and three other buildings, according to the plans.


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