Bayer HealthCare Animal Health Marks its 50th Anniversary in Shawnee, Kansas
Milestone event commemorates Bayer's 150th anniversary globally
SHAWNEE, Kan., June 18, 2013
SHAWNEE, Kan., June 18, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --Bayer HealthCare Animal Health
celebrated both the 50^th anniversary of its Shawnee, Kansas animal health
campus and Bayer's 150^th anniversary globally, by hosting a celebration
luncheon for more than 450 employees, community and state political leaders
and local industry partners. The event featured an internationally-diverse
menu, which was also served to more than 110,000 Bayer employees worldwide.
"I could think of no better way to mark Bayer's 150^th anniversary, and our
own 50 years of animal health history, than by sharing a globally-inspired
meal with my colleagues," said Ian Spinks, president and general manager,
Bayer HealthCare LLC, Animal Health Division, North America. "It reminds us
that we are not only part of something very special here in Shawnee, but also
part of a global company dedicated to science for a better life."
To mark the 150^th anniversary of Bayer worldwide, the Bayer Cares Foundation
awarded nearly $785,000 in donations to 150 volunteer projects around the
world. Today in Shawnee, Trish Wilbur, senior staff associate for the food
animal and equine business unit, was recognized as one of nine U.S. Bayer
employees and retirees whose volunteer projects received a grant to help
support their initiatives. Wilbur's grant of more than $6,500 will support
Open Door Haiti's "Build a Bed" project. In July, she will travel to Bois De
Lance, Haiti to build beds for 32 families.
Bayer HealthCare Animal Health employees were joined by community and state
government officials, including Dale Rodman, Kansas Secretary of Agriculture.
"Healthy animals are the foundation of a safe, wholesome food supply," said
Rodman. "While Bayer has been a critical partner in Kansas agriculture for the
past 50 years, your company's commitment to excellence and leadership in
animal health has benefited the global animal agriculture sector for 150
years. It was an honor to participate in the celebration today. On behalf of
Kansas agriculture, we look forward to continuing to work with our partners at
Bayer for another 150 years."
Additionally, local industry partners, such as the American Royal and the
Kansas City Area Development Council (KCADC), also joined Bayer employees. Kim
Young, KCADC's vice president of Bioscience Development, was one of several
guest speakers who shared their experience with Bayer over the years as part
of the milestone celebration.
"Partnering with Bayer to create the Animal Health Corridor in 2007 drove
innovation and excellence within the regional community, keeping Kansas City
at the center of the animal health industry," Young said.
Bayer's yearlong anniversary celebration includes numerous global and U.S.
events focused on the company's employees, customers, partners and the
scientific community. These events include: a major travelling exhibition
themed to healthcare, agriculture and high-performance materials; and the
Bayer Anniversary Airship, which will make stops on five continents. For more
information, visit www.150.bayer.com.
About Bayer HealthCare
The Bayer Group is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of
health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer HealthCare, a subgroup
of Bayer AG with annual sales of €18.6 million (2012), is one of the world's
leading, innovative companies in the healthcare and medical products industry
and is based in Leverkusen, Germany. The company combines the global
activities of the Animal Health, Consumer Care, Medical Care and
Pharmaceuticals divisions. Bayer HealthCare's aim is to discover, develop,
manufacture and market products that will improve human and animal health
worldwide. Bayer HealthCare has a global workforce of 55,300 employees (Dec
31, 2012) and is represented in more than 100 countries. More information at
About Bayer Corporation
Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health
care, agriculture and high-tech materials. As an inventor company, it sets
trends in research-intensive areas. Bayer's products and services are designed
to benefit people and improve the quality of life. At the same time, the Group
aims to create value through innovation, growth and high earning power. Bayer
is committed to the principles of sustainable development and acts as a
socially and ethically responsible corporate citizen. In fiscal 2012, the
Group employed 110,500 people and had sales of €39.8 billion. In North
America, Bayer had 2012 net sales of €9,576 million ($12,257 million) and
employed 15,300 at year-end. For more information, go to www.bayerus.com.
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