After three years of construction, Australia-based biotech company CSL last week inaugurated its new R&D site on the grounds of the research campus in Marburg's Görzhausen Industrial Park. “Covering around 40,000 square meters [430,570 sq. ft.], the M600 R&D center provides space for up to 500 R&D employees, making it CSL's largest R&D center worldwide and combining all disciplines under one roof,” the company said. “Investing in Marburg makes sense for us as this region helped shape CSL today,” said Paul Perreault, CSL CEO and managing director, noting that Marburg was “where Emil von Behring, one of the founders of our CSL Behring business unit who won the first Nobel Prize in Medicine for pioneering the use of plasma to treat patients suffering from diphtheria, lived and worked.” Dr. Bill Mezzanotte, head of R&D and chief medical officer for CSL, said, “The science and innovation taking place in Marburg and across the region will help us to shape CSL's future in a sustainable way, and we hope that it will drive further development of the region into a globally recognized innovation center.” CSL’s growing R&D organization employs more than 2,000 in nine countries, including sites in Melbourne, Australia; Bern, Switzerland; Amsterdam, Netherlands; King of Prussia, Pennsylvania; Pasadena, California; and Waltham, Massachusetts.
Wisconsin-based American Foods Group broke ground last week on a new beef processing facility near Wright City in Warren County, Missouri, located west of St. Louis along I-70. AFG plans to create more than 1,300 new jobs in the region with an annual payroll of approximately $80 million (which breaks down to an average salary of $61,538). “As a third-generation farmer and cattleman myself, I am proud to welcome AFG to Missouri,” said Missouri Governor Mike Parson, noting that agriculture is the state’s No. 1 sector with an annual contribution of $94 billion to the economy. Steve Van Lannen, president and COO of American Foods Group, said beef demand will be fulfilled thanks to the “addition of industry-needed hook space.” The project was originally announced in November 2021, when Mike Deering, executive vice president of the Missouri Cattlemen’s Association, said “Bringing processing this close to cattle production reduces the costs and energy needed, and it is good for Missouri cattle producers and consumers.” AFG, which plans to process 2,400 cattle per day at the facility, is family-owned by the Rosen family and employs more than 4,500 across the U.S., including five other processing facilities in the upper Midwest.