JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. – In a Tuesday afternoon press conference, Governor Mike Parson announced Bayer’s North American Crop Science Division will relocate 500 new, high-paying jobs to Creve Coeur with an average wage of $110,000 and a capital investment of $164 million.

The announcement comes after Parson’s first European Trade Mission, where he traveled internationally to highlight Missouri as an ideal location for business and encourage new investment in the state. The trade mission included a stop in Germany to meet with Bayer CEO Werner Baumann.

Bayer is one of Missouri’s top 30 private sector employers with a strong connection to the state’s agriculture industry.

“We are honored that a global company like Bayer has chosen to grow its presence here in our state,” Governor Parson said. “As you know, agriculture plays a critical role in our economy, and Bayer’s investment will only enhance Missouri’s strengths in the agricultural technology sector. We look forward to working together as we continue to grow and expand the industry.” 

“We are proud to call Missouri home to our Global Headquarters for seeds and traits and the North American Crop Science Commercial Headquarters,” said Lisa Safarian, President, Commercial Operations North America at Bayer. “Governor Parson has been an important advocate for Bayer and the entire business community in Missouri, and I am honored to join him in marking this important day."

"Our talented workforce across Missouri, and especially in the St. Louis region, is a vital asset in our ability to develop and deliver new tools and innovations to farmers," Safarian continued. "At Bayer, we are delighted to offer these highly skilled, good jobs in the St. Louis region that will continue to positively shape agriculture in our state, region, and world.”

“This monumental investment in our state signifies Bayer’s confidence in Missouri as a solid place to do business, specifically related to ag-tech, by bringing in hundreds of high-wage jobs, which will stimulate our economy, benefit Missourians, and ultimately enrich the state’s already thriving ag-tech climate,” Department of Economic Development Director Rob Dixon said.