With Major Expansion at Pine Ridge Business Park, Corbion Will Create Even More Global Food Innovations in Kansas City Area
New leading-edge lab facilities in Lenexa, Kan., will help fuel the company’s continued growth as a global supplier of ingredient solutions to the world’s foremost food manufacturers.
Global ingredient solutions provider Corbion, part of the Kansas City business landscape for more than a century, will break ground with project developer Block Real Estate Services, LLC (BRES) June 21st on the construction of an expanded regional headquarters and advanced laboratory facilities designed to keep pace with Corbion’s continued growth. The new structure—just blocks from Corbion’s North American home of 11 years and also part of the Pine Ridge Business Park in Lenexa—is expected to be complete by August 2018.
Groundbreaking ceremonies were held Wednesday morning at the corner of 83rd Terrace and Flint Street in Lenexa, Kansas. The future site of Pine Ridge Business Park Building 31. The upgraded Lenexa presence will continue as Corbion’s North American headquarters and will further enhance its already strong research, development and application capabilities. Designed to support the company’s highly collaborative approach to useful innovation, the new facility will make it easier for Corbion scientists, marketers and application experts to work closely with customers in the development of product concepts that respond to consumer demands in a constantly evolving global marketplace. Significant additions include new state-of-the-art bakery research and application labs, as well as a new meat lab to support Corbion’s rapidly growing role in the meat industry.
“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, executive vice president at Corbion. “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.”
With a reputation built on its expertise in emulsifiers and functional blends in the baking industry, Corbion’s steady, upward trajectory can be largely attributed to its relentless dedication to innovation. Now the market leader in lactic acid and lactic acid derivatives, Netherlands-based Corbion has become highly adept at developing “clean-label” alternatives to traditional, synthetic ingredient solutions for controlling pathogens that can threaten consumers’ health, and spoilage organisms that can threaten manufacturers’ bottom line. The company also leverages its sophisticated capabilities in lactics to deliver sustainable solutions in agriculture, pharma, animal health, home care, personal care, electronics, and coatings and adhesives.
“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. In addition, Corbion’s involvement in the community and focus on giving back align with BRES’s commitment to philanthropy, making this an ideal partnership.”
Despite Corbion’s global business scope, its Kansas City area staff have a tradition of getting involved to support local community causes, such as the KC Corporate Challenge, which benefits Special Olympics. Since 2010, through its support of Harvesters Food Bank, Corbion has provided well over a quarter of a million meals to Kansas City area families in need.
BRES is focused on making lasting contributions to the Kansas City community, not only by being the top, single-source provider of commercial real estate services, but also by giving back. BRES regularly supports and sponsors organizations including: The Salvation Army, Harvester’s, Alzheimer’s Association, Special Olympics, the Wounded Warrior Project, American Royal, and the Boy’s & Girl’s Club of America, among others. Ken Block was named ‘Man of the Year’ by Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Kansas City in 2016.