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Syngenta Opens Seed Office in Chicago Area

Reasons include proximity to customers, access to talent, and good transportation connections.

Syngenta is opening a Global and North America Seeds office in the western suburbs of Chicago. Approximately 50 Syngenta Seeds business managers and employees will relocate from other U.S. locations starting in the first half of 2019. 

“The U.S. is the most important seeds market in the world, and we believe the addition of a Chicago office positions us well to support our long-term growth strategy,” said Jeff Rowe, Syngenta president of global seeds, North America, and China, in a company news release. 

He says three reasons exist for opening the Chicago office:

  1. Proximity to U.S. customers in an important corn- and soybean-growing regions.
  2. Access to talent for digital and technological innovation.
  3.  Ready connections to other key global seeds markets through an excellent transportation hub.

Company officials stated earlier this year that the company is investing heavily in its seeds business, including its NK brand. 

Company officials stated:

  • The number of NK sales and agronomy team members has tripled.
  • The number of U.S. plant breeders has increased by 50% and product trials by 30%.

“We are investing significantly in our U.S. seeds business, adding talent in key areas and accelerating the development of new products,” says David Hollinrake, president of Syngenta Seeds and North America region director. “Our new location near Chicago places us closer to the majority of our customers, as well as to our business collaborators. This will enable us to develop more solutions for a market demanding innovation and choice.”

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