ANDERSON, Ind. (AP) — An Italian company that makes organic fertilizers plans to build a research center adjacent to its new central Indiana manufacturing plant.

Italpollina CEO Luca Bonini says the research center called Italpollina Park planned in Anderson will specialize in sciences used in the company's product development process.

The Herald Bulletin reports the center will include a greenhouse and numerous growth chambers. Researchers there will be able to test new products in local fields with advanced technologies, including special sensors installed on drones.

The complex will be built adjacent Italpollina's new $9.2 million North American headquarters in Anderson, about 30 miles northeast of Indianapolis. That 70,000-square-foot facility is expected to start production this month and employ 35 people.

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Italpollina is a global leader in organic fertilizers, biostimulants and beneficial microorganisms.

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Information from: The Herald Bulletin, http://www.theheraldbulletin.com

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