By Jim Ruen, contributing editor

Syngenta Seeds celebrated the grand opening of its new North American headquarters in Minnetonka, Minn. Speaking to employees, ag leaders and media gathered at the site, Syngenta CEO Mike Mack cited the company's investment in the new building built to Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design Gold Certification standards as symbolic of the importance of Syngenta Seed to the company.

"We are so proud of this extraordinary building, which embodies the forward-looking, sustainable qualities and spirit of innovation that have driven Syngenta and its predecessor companies for more than a century," Mack said.

Mack emphasized the heritage of Golden Harvest, Garst and Northrup King and their impact on the company. He noted that that sales of all seeds rose 16 percent and contributed $2.4 billion to the 2008 fiscal year for Syngenta and were lead by corn and soybean sales."We've kept these names while integrating their elite germ plasm, R&D pipelines and marketing with our own Agrisure line of corn traits to create a corn and soybean powerhouse. We are starting to see the results of that investment in the long term growth of our company, just as we will from the investment in this building."

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