Construction Starts on New Concept-to-Fork Facility in Minnesota
Calyxt, Inc. broke ground on a new concept-to-fork facility in Roseville, MN, near Minneapolis-St. Paul. The 11-acre site will include a 40,000-square-foot corporate headquarters, state-of-the-art research labs and test kitchen. The new project will be adjacent to the recently-completed, more than 11,000-square-foot greenhouses and the existing outdoor demonstration plots.
Calyxt’s Federico Tripodi says, “This groundbreaking marks a pivotal moment in the history of Calyxt, as the new facility has been specifically designed to bolster scientific innovation when it comes to creating the next-generation of healthy foods for consumers.”
The facility will also enable the company to accelerate the development of its growing pipeline as it moves closer to introducing its first commercialized product in 2018, the high-oleic soybean. Planned to deliver in the spring of 2018, the facility will further support Calyxt’s growth plans for increased process automation and staff expansion to up to 100 employees.
Dennis Kaiser is Vice President of Content and Public Relations for Connect Commercial Real Estate. Dennis is a communications leader with more than 30 years of experience including as a journalist and in corporate and agency marketing communications roles. He is responsible for Connect’s client content operations and is involved in a range of initiatives ranging from content strategy, message development, copywriting, media relations, social media and content marketing services.
In his most recent corporate communications roles, he led a regional public relations effort across Southern California for CBRE, played a key marketing role on JLL’s national retail team, and was responsible for directing the global public relations effort at ValleyCrest, the nation’s largest commercial landscape services company.
In addition to his vast commercial real estate experience, Dennis has worked on communications and launch strategies for a number of residential projects such as Disney’s Celebration in Florida, Ritter Ranch in Palmdale California (7,200 homes, 22,000 acres), WaterColor in Florida and PremierGarage in Phoenix.
Dennis’s agency background included firms such as Idea Hall and Macy + Associates. He has earned an outstanding reputation with organization leaders as a trusted advisor, strategic program implementer, consensus builder and exceptional collaborator.
Dennis has developed and managed national communications programs for Fortune 500 companies to start-ups, both public and private. He’s successfully worked with journalists across the globe representing clients involved in major-breaking news stories, product launches, media tours, and company news announcements.
Dennis has been involved in a host of charitable and community organizations including the American Cancer Society, Easter Seals, BoyScouts, Chrysalis Foundation, Freedom For Life, HOLA, L.A.’s BEST, Reach Out and Read, Super Bowl Host Committee, and Thunderbirds Charities.
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