Monday, December 17, 2012

Bayer CropScience Names New Site Leader for Institute Industrial Park

James Covington takes over leadership role on Feb. 1

INSTITUTE, W.VA. (Dec. 17, 2012) – Bayer CropScience has named James H. Covington as head of the company’s Institute Industrial Park. Covington begins his new role on Feb. 1, 2013, taking over from Steven Hedrick who has resigned and will leave the company on Jan. 31.

Covington started with Bayer in 1986 and is at present head of Health, Safety and Environment for the company’s Kansas City manufacturing operations, the largest Bayer CropScience production site in North America.

Covington’s previous senior manufacturing leadership roles with Bayer include positions at sites in Pennsylvania, Texas and West Virginia, as well as Canada and Germany. From 2006 to 2008, he served as head of Bayer’s New Martinsville Industrial Park. 

Prior to his current position in Kansas City, Covington headed the health, safety and environment functions at the Institute site for some 15 months from 2010 to 2011, a role he took as part of organizational changes at the site in early 2010.

Covington also served as Treasurer of the West Virginia Chamber of Commerce from 2007–2008.

Covington holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Chemical Engineering from Rice University.

The Bayer CropScience Institute site is a manufacturing industrial park located near Charleston, W. Va. Among the companies with operating facilities at the site, in addition to Bayer CropScience, are The Dow Chemical Company, Praxair and Reagent Chemical. These companies manufacture active ingredients for agricultural, industrial, personal care and other products.


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Bayer is a global enterprise with core competencies in the fields of health care, agriculture and high-tech materials. Bayer CropScience, the subgroup of Bayer AG responsible for the agricultural business, has annual sales of EUR 7.255 billion (2011) and is one of the world’s leading innovative crop science companies in the areas of seeds, crop protection and non-agricultural pest control. The company offers an outstanding range of products including high value seeds, innovative crop protection solutions based on chemical and biological modes of action as well as an extensive service backup for modern, sustainable agriculture. In the area of non-agricultural applications, Bayer CropScience has a broad portfolio of products and services to control pests from home and garden to forestry applications. The company has a global workforce of 21,000 and is represented in more than 120 countries.  This and further news is available at:


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