Nestlé will invest $53m to establish a new building that will expand the existing R&D facility in Solon, Ohio, US.
The new centre will be designated as a global Product Technology Center (PTC), dedicated to frozen and chilled foods research, and will serve Nestlé's businesses worldwide.
The new building will be located on 18 acres in a park-like setting off of Solon's Cannon Road. The glass-faced facility will house offices and labs for approximately 100 scientific, professional and technical staff.
The 144,000 sq ft building will also include a pilot plant where new recipes and the latest technologies will be tested and evaluated. Construction is expected to begin this summer and Nestlé expects the new facility to be operational in late 2014.
"We are pleased that the R&D effort first established in Solon in 2001 to serve our regional needs has matured into a global Product Technology Center," said Johannes Baensch, Nestlé's global head of research and development. "We currently operate 11 Product Technology Centers around the world. PTC Solon will become the 12th of these important centres of excellence for Nestlé. Here, we will establish a critical mass of technology expertise and product knowledge for our global Nestlé frozen and chilled foods business."
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