November 18, 1999

Cyagra To Build Research Facility

The Manhattan Chamber of Commerce announces that Cyagra of Kansas, LLC,
will be locating a research facility in the Manhattan Corporate Technology
Park. Cyagra has a collaborative relationship with Kansas State University
and works closely with personnel in the Animal Science & Industry
Department on the application of agricultural technology beneficial to the
livestock industry.
"We are pleased that Cyagra has selected to locate its operation in
Manhattan," said Dan Colantone, President/CEO of the Manhattan Chamber of
Commerce. "Their presence will certainly be an asset to the community and
Kansas State University as they build on the strong research resource of
the university."
Cyagra is planning, to build a research facility in the Manhattan Corporate
Technology Park. The all masonry exterior will build on the natural scenic
view of the Flint Hills that surround the new park. Cyagra expects to break
ground next March with construction completion fourth quarter 2000.
"The new building is being designed as a state-of the art research facility
to enhance Cyagra's technology development efforts and as its primary
commercial production facility," commented Dr. James Robl, Professor at the
University of Massachusetts and Senior Consultant for Cyagra.
The company currently employs five full time people and several part time
people at their temporary facility located on Westport Drive, Manhattan.
Cyagra expects to hire 10 additional employees once the new facility is
constructed at an average annual salary of $40,000, with a total number of
employees projected to be 60 over the next 5 years.
"Cyagra fills an important niche in the community," said Ann Harts, Vice
President-Economic Development, Manhattan Chamber of Commerce. "The company
will not only help to continue to diversify our economic and labor base,
but will further enable us to market Manhattan as a research and
development oriented community."
Based on a referral from Jack Riley, Department Head of Animal Sciences and
Industry, Kansas State University, this project has been in the works since
spring of 1999. Representatives from the Kansas Department of Commerce and
Housing, City of Manhattan, K-State and the Manhattan Chamber of Commerce
have teamed together to finalize all necessary details.
"We are excited that the company has picked Manhattan as the site for this
research facility," said Harts. "The opening of this facility will provide
high-paying and technical jobs to the city's growing workforce."
Cyagra of Kansas, LLC, is a wholly owned subsidiary of Cyagra, LLC, which is
headquartered in Westport Connecticut.