Bayer CropScience plans expansion to boost Liberty herbicide production

Bayer CropScience is building two new plants in Alabama to help with Liberty herbicide production. | Courtesy of
Bayer CropScience said this week that it plans to build two chemical-manufacturing plants in the Mobile, Alabama, area.

The facilities will produce materials used in the production of Bayer's Liberty herbicide. The project is part of a joint effort between Bayer CropScience and Evonik Industries, with each company agreeing to manage construction of one of the facilities.

"Our goal at Bayer CropScience is to help shape the future of farming by providing cutting-edge agricultural innovations to deliver on Bayer’s mission of Science for a Better Life," Michael van Nooy, head of Global Active Ingredient Operations for Bayer CropScience, said. "The project we are announcing today is a demonstration of our commitment to that mission and is in keeping with our global commitment to sustainable agriculture."

The project represents an investment of more than $200 million and is expected to take approximately two years to complete. The plants should be operational sometime in mid-2017.

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