KFP: Pioneer Hi-Bred officials hold groundbreaking for new Kinston facility

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From left, Kinston Mayor B.J. Murphy speaks to Greg Wichmann, Director Southern Business Unit of Pioneer Hi-Bred and Keith Crisco, Secretary, N.C. Department of Commerce on Wednesday as Norris Tolson, back left, speaks with George Graham, the chairman of the Lenoir County Board of Commissioners at the Pioneer Hi-Bred Kinston Research Center groundbreaking ceremony at the Industrial Park on U.S. 70. 

by David Anderson
Staff Writer

A groundbreaking for the U.S. 70 West Industrial Park’s newest tenant was held Wednesday, as state, local and company leaders celebrated construction of a Pioneer Hi-Bred crop research center.

“Pioneer Hi-Bred is joining an impressive list of companies that call Kinston home,” N.C. Commerce Secretary Keith Crisco stated. “The research they will be doing at this facility will directly benefit agribusiness, which plays such a significant role in the economic development of Lenoir County and North Carolina.”

The Iowa-based agricultural firm, a subsidiary of DuPont, will spend $2.3 million to build a 26,000 square foot facility on 6 acres off Enterprise Boulevard. A temporary research facility was established in the DuPont plant off N.C. 11 North in 2009.

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