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Recognition given by Indiana/Kentucky Builders Association
By Ken de la Bastide | The Herald Bulletin
ANDERSON – The building that will be the home to Italpollina North American headquarters has been awarded the Associated Builders and Contractors of Indiana/Kentucky Industrial Award of Excellence.The $4.5 million facility, developed by Fredericks Inc. Contractors, represents Italpollina’s investment in Anderson as a hub for sustainable agricultural innovation in the United States and worldwide.The Industrial Award of Excellence was presented as recognition of individuals and companies whose merit, performance and integrity are making an impact on the industry through effective leadership, adherence to high professional standards and proven ability.“Italpollina’s mission is to support farmers in a natural and innovative way while cultivating our ideal of a sustainable future,” Italpollina CEO Luca Bonini said in a press release. “Our new headquarters is a state-of-the art facility that exemplifies Italpollina’s commitment to natural biotechnological advancement. It is ideally designed to help us grow and best serve our customers in this market, and we’re honored by this award.”The facility, located adjacent to Purdue Polytechnic in Anderson, repurposes the site of a former General Motors plant and features a variety of unique elements, including a 600-square-foot vertical “green wall” hosting a garden of plants and flowers.“Anderson is a great community that offers us so much in terms of partnerships and research opportunities,” added Bonini. “We think our agricultural solutions can benefit a wide variety of growers across North America, and we look forward to growing our operations at our new facility.”The 70,000-square-foot facility includes office space and a manufacturing center completely dedicated to the production of natural biostimulant products unique to the North American agricultural market.These products are produced utilizing a patented vegetal protein hydrolysate, or VPH, technology based on 100 percent vegetal amino acids and peptides. According to the company, the VPH technology is a proprietary process that produces exceptional consistency in its end product, providing users reliability in increased yield, growth rate and resiliency of crops. The Anderson headquarters will provide the largest production capacity of its type in North America.For more than 50 years, Italpollina has utilized science to enhance agriculture and develop solutions in a more natural way, and it has been recognized for attention to human health and the protection of the environment with several important international certifications. The company, which currently operates in more than 70 countries, anticipates it will begin production at the Anderson site by the end of 2017.