Innovation meets collaboration

by Kimberlie Clyma
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Food scientists and technicians work out of the CIC as part of the R&D Innovation team.

Renovation and relocation

Cargill Protein’s North American headquarters is soon to move into a new expanded location in the Old Town section of downtown Wichita. The $60 million, 190,000-sq.-ft. new office building is scheduled for completion in October 2018. The new facility will accommodate 950 employees – however that number does not include those working at the CIC. With the Cargill Innovation Center being a reasonably new facility – only six years old – it will remain at its current location and will not be absorbed into the new headquarters.

Features of the new headquarters include four stories of office space, an immersive technology center, presentation kitchen, sensory center kitchen, employee café space and testing booths on the first floor and third floor balcony. Cargill’s history will be celebrated in the lobby through graphics and technology exhibits. The project also includes an 800-car parking garage for Cargill’s employees during work hours and for public use for events in Old Town and the nearby arena.

“Our new Wichita protein group headquarters will be world class and foster the type of collaboration, innovation and diversity of thought that will make us the protein provider of choice for our domestic and international customers while helping them grow their business, and ours,” Brian Sikes, corporate vice president for the Cargill Protein group, said in a statement. “The outstanding support and collaboration we experienced at the city and state level, and our desire to project the best possible image for our business, the community, our customers and employees, compelled us to create a dynamic 21st century office environment reflective of an industry leader that is growing.”

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