Germany: Over the Bridge

Rising out of snow-covered farm lands on the south bank of Germany's Main River near Frankfurt are the scaffolds for an expanse of buildings that will be one of Europe's largest privately owned research laboratories when completed later this year. To link the 600 scientists who will work in its new $25 million research facility with the main plant on the north bank, the chemical firm Hoechst Farbewerke is spanning the river with a 430-ft., two-lane bridge.

Hoechst excels at building bridges between research and industry, and does not mind the cost. Last year the West German company spent $31.5 million...

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