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Formerly called Midwest Research Institute
Type Nonprofit scientific research institute
Founded Kansas City, Missouri (June 17, 1944 (1944-06-17))
Founder(s) Kansas City-area business leaders
Headquarters 425 Volker Boulevard
Kansas City, Missouri, United States
Area served Worldwide
Employees 550 (in FY13)[1]

MRIGlobal is an independent, not-for-profit, contract research organization based in Kansas City, Missouri, with regional offices in Virginia, Maryland and Florida. In addition to its own research laboratories, MRIGlobal operates research facilities for the Department of Energy and the Department of Defense.[2]

MRIGlobal performs research in the areas of National Defense, Health Sciences, Agriculture & Food Safety, Engineering, Environment, Information Technology, Energy, Biological Sciences, and Analytical chemistry. The purpose of MRIGlobal is to provide solutions through scientific research, technology development, and technical services for the benefit of government, industry, and the public.


Founded in 1944 during World War II as Midwest Research Institute, the organization's initial mission was to find a way to convert the ammonium nitrate military ordnance plants in Galena, Kansas, Parsons, Kansas, DeSoto, Kansas and El Dorado, Arkansas to peaceful uses of creating fertilizer. Among the nine founders was Kenneth A. Spencer who would make a fortune from the Jayhawk Plant in Galena. Spencer would be chairman of the Institute from 1954 to 1957, and donated money for the Kenneth A. Spencer Laboratories Building and the Spencer Auditorium at MRIGlobal.[4]

MRIGlobal was located initially in the former Westport, Missouri City Hall at 40th Terrace and Pennsylvania. That building was torn down in 1955.[5] MRIGlobal's headquarters is currently in a complex on the banks of Brush Creek facing the Nelson Art Gallery adjacent to University of Missouri - Kansas City and the headquarters of Russell Stovers candy.

On March 1, 2011, the organization was renamed MRIGlobal.[6][3]


  • Coating process for M&M Candies permitting the coating of 3,300 pounds (1,500 kg) of chocolate centers every hour (1950s)[7]


  1. ^ "MRIGlobal 2013 Annual Report". Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  2. ^ "About Us". Retrieved 2014-07-21. 
  3. ^ a b c "History brochure". MRIGlobal. Retrieved 1 November 2013. 
  4. ^ "Search KU Finding Aids". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  5. ^ "Index". Retrieved 2011-03-01. 
  6. ^ Twiddy, David (March 1, 2001). "Midwest Research Institute changes name to MRIGlobal". Kansas City Business Journal. Retrieved March 1, 2001. 
  7. ^ "MRI Breakthroughs". September 11, 2001. Archived from the original on July 2, 2008. Retrieved January 15, 2010. 

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Coordinates: 39°02′17″N 94°34′53″W / 39.038111°N 94.581251°W / 39.038111; -94.581251