Located 15 miles west of Champaign, Illinois, the SBM Life Science Research and Development Center features turf and ornamental research plots and a 5,000-square-foot facility that houses a laboratory, offices, conference room and an equipment shop.
“By establishing the Research and Development Center, we continue to implement our expansion strategy in the U.S. by demonstrating our commitment to delivering science-based solutions that our customers can trust,” said Jim Van Handel, president of SBM Life Science, N.A. in a press release.
The site includes three acres of cool season turf plots, including Kentucky bluegrass, perennial ryegrass and tall fescue. A one-acre perennial nursery with 300 established roses, and plans to expand in spring 2018. Additionally, there is one-acre for annual plant testing.
“The center is a modern facility specifically designed to be a hub where our dedicated team continuously works to adapt our offerings to satisfy the needs of our customers with innovative products that protect and enhance their homes and gardens,” said Jennifer Poling, SBM Life Science research biologist and site manager in a press release.
The site was secured in 2016, construction was completed at the end of 2017, and the facility became operational in January 2018. Activities at the center focus on testing new innovations for SBM’s BioAdvanced Science-Based Solutions and Natria lawn and garden products. Future growth plans include the addition of a greenhouse by 2019.