SOURCE: The Solae Company

February 15, 2007 06:00 ET

The Solae Company Intends to LEED by Example

Partners Announce LEED Registration, Unveil Renderings of New Headquarters

ST. LOUIS, MO -- (MARKET WIRE) -- February 15, 2007 -- The Solae Company and Clayco today announced they would pursue the U.S. Green Building Council's LEED ® certification of the soy giant's new global headquarters, and unveiled new artistic renderings of how the midtown St. Louis building will look when construction is completed in 2008.

The Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building Rating System is the nationally accepted benchmark for the design, construction and operation of high performance "green" buildings, providing independent, third-party verification that a building project meets the highest performance standards. LEED certification is recognized worldwide as proof that a building is environmentally responsible, profitable, and a healthy place to live and work.

"The Solae Company continually seeks to minimize its environmental footprint, and is committed to the conservation of natural resources and energy," said Tony Arnold, President and Chief Executive Officer of The Solae Company. "To thrive, healthy businesses need healthy communities. We're excited to pursue such a prestigious certification, and look forward to continuing to demonstrate responsible environmental management."

LEED certification takes into account five key aspects of design and construction: sustainable site development, water savings, energy efficiency, materials selection and indoor environmental quality. LEED-certified buildings generally reduce waste sent to landfills, conserve energy and water and minimize greenhouse gas emissions. There are currently only ten LEED-certified buildings in the St. Louis metropolitan region.

Last year, The Solae Company announced plans to relocate its global headquarters to the Center of Research Technology and Entrepreneurial Expertise (CORTEX), saying it would anchor the life-sciences district with a new multi-million dollar research center near Boyle Avenue and Forest Park Parkway. When completed, the four-story, 165,000 square foot building will house some 400 employees on approximately four acres. Arnold has said he envisions CORTEX becoming the buckle of an emerging national bio-belt.

St. Louis-based Clayco is serving as the developer and general contractor, and is managing the project's design and construction. Cannon Design was chosen as the programmer, planner, designer and architect of record. The Benham Group will provide process-engineering consultation.

About The Solae Company

The Solae Company is a food innovation and ingredient manufacturing organization, providing meat, food and beverage manufacturers across the world with Better Ingredients for Better Living™. Headquartered in St. Louis, Missouri, USA, with annual revenue exceeding $1 billion, the company was formed through an alliance between Bunge Limited (NYSE: BG) and DuPont (NYSE: DD). For more information, visit www.solae.com.

About Clayco

Clayco is a full-service real estate development, design and construction firm with annual revenues of $640 million, specializing in "the art and science of building." With offices in St. Louis, Chicago and Detroit, Clayco provides design-build project delivery on a nationwide basis for the corporate, industrial, institutional and residential markets. For more information, visit www.claycorp.com.

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