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MGP Ingredients Inc. (Atchison, Kan., USA) announced plans to break ground Jan. 6, 2006, for the construction of a new corporate office building and technical innovation center in Atchinson.
“We are very grateful for the opportunity to locate our new and much needed office building and technical center in Atchison, where MGPI has been headquartered since its founding in 1941,” said Ladd Seaberg, president and chief executive officer, in a press statement. According to the company, the technical center is expected to be constructed at a cost of US$2.5 million, while the cost of the new office building is projected at US$2.2 million.
Each floor of the two-story technical center will encompass 9,800 square feet of space, while each floor of the office building, also two stories tall, will consist of 9,000 square feet. The two buildings combined will be occupied by up to 60 employees. The technical center will provide new facilities and office space for the company’s research and development and applications technology staffs. The new office building will house MGPI’s corporate management, finance and accounting, sales and marketing management and administrative staffs.
Located at 1300 Main St. and built in 1979, the current office building will be used by engineering and operations personnel. Research laboratory facilities, which currently are located one block east in a building that the company purchased in 1987, will be converted to office space for quality assurance, plant supervisory and environmental safety personnel.