AMERICAN SUGAR REFINING, INC. OPENS INNOVATION AND TECHNICAL CENTER AT THE
RESEARCH PARK AT FLORIDA ATLANTIC UNIVERSITY
Boca Raton, FL – The Research Park at Florida Atlantic University welcomes American Sugar Refining, Inc.’s Global Technology and Innovation Center as a new tenant to occupy approximately 12,000 square feet with move in planned for early spring 2013. American Sugar, the world’s largest cane sugar company, is owned by Palm Beach County-based Florida Crystals Corporation and The Sugar Cane Growers Cooperative.
“The move to the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University is a key growth strategy for our company for the creation of new products, processes and packages for customers on a global basis,” stated Richard Dyer, Chief Science and Technology Officer for American Sugar. “A strong reason for our selection of the Research Park is because of its synergy with FAU.”
The center will house the global research disciplines for the company including product formulation, culinary, processing engineering and packaging engineering.
“Businesses at the Research Park find our unique relationship with FAU to be a distinct advantage,” said Andrew Duffell, president and CEO of the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University. “American Sugar will be augmenting its research and development efforts by offering internships and positions to FAU chemistry and engineering students as well selecting key professors to sit on a technical advisory committee.”
American Sugar produces a full line of consumer, industrial, food service and specialty sweetener products. Across North America, the company owns and operates six sugar refineries and specialty sweetener production facilities. They also own and operate sugar refineries in England and Portugal. American Sugar’s products are marketed through its brand portfolio that includes the premiere sugar brands Domino®, C&H® , Florida Crystals®, Redpath® and Tate & Lyle®.
Flagler Real Estate Services, LLC is the leasing broker for all transactions at the Research Park, and Keith O’Donnell, Senior Managing Director commented, “The addition of ASR is significant as the Research Park builds momentum and capacity as a hub of R&D activity.”
About the Research Park at Florida Atlantic University
Established in 1985, the 94-acre Research Park (www.research-park.org) is home to 22 technology companies working in conjunction with the FAU College of Engineering and Computer Science, the FAU Charles E. Schmidt College of Medicine and the FAU College of Business. The Research Park also hosts the Technology Business Incubator with 22 startup technology companies, each of which receives business and consulting services with the goal of becoming established businesses and permanent residents in the Research Park.