Food ingredient research company Corbion broke ground Wednesday on a new 58,000-square foot North American headquarters and advanced laboratory facility in Lenexa's Pine Ridge West Business Park, as the Dutch-owned company consolidates 200 employees into one regional operation.
Developed by Block Real Estate Services, LLC, the building at Flint and 83rd streets will be located less than a mile from Corbion's existing Lenexa location at 79th and Quivira and will mark the completion of Pine Ridge West Business Park when it opens in August of 2018.
“BRES is excited to be able to assist Corbion with their expansion at Pine Ridge Business Park,” said Kenneth G. Block, managing principal at BRES. “As a fellow industry leader, BRES admires Corbion’s commitment to quality and innovation because it reflects our own.”
Corbion's new facility will include research and application labs, a state-of-the-art bakery, as well as a new meat lab to support the company's growing role in the meat industry. The company formed in 2014 as a result of a merger between Caravan Ingredients and Purac and produces bio-based food ingredients-- such as enzymes for baked products and lactic acids-- to preserve consumer packaged beverages.
“Corbion’s tagline is ‘Keep Creating’ because we never stop looking for new and better ways to apply our technologies and experience to benefit our customers and the consumers who buy their products,” said Andy Muller, Corbion executive vice president.
“Each of us is a consumer, too, and we want that perspective to help shape everything we do. Combining that view with our technical expertise and our customers’ knowledge, we work side by side with them to create something better. It’s what we’re known for; it’s what we’re so good at. Our new facilities will support us in doing it even more.”