Kemin new manufacturing facility renderingKemin Industries Inc. on November 5 broke ground on a new $17.5 million manufacturing facility on Des Moines’ east side. The most recent development of the company’s five-year expansion plan following the opening of its Molecular Advancement Center in Des Moines in August 2013, the 16,000 square foot manufacturing facility houses unique equipment that uses a proprietary process to coat and protect amino acids used in feed. The encapsulation provides targeted release of the nutrients in the animal’s intestinal tract. The new facility allows Kemin to increase its global manufacturing capacity of encapsulated amino acids that are used in feed to increase the efficiency of livestock such as dairy cows, a market the company believes is positioned for rapid growth.

“There’s no doubt the technology that will be used at this new facility will change how dairy cows are fed” in the United States,” Kemin President & CEO Nelson said. “This will dramatically lower the cost of production. And it’s going to mean for every American family — and families throughout the world — a lower cost for food. That, at the end of the day, is what Kemin does,” he added.

The project is part of a five-year expansion plan at Kemin’s Des Moines’ headquarters which represents a total capital investment of $125.5 million and the creation of nearly 140 new jobs which will also include a new 90,000 square foot headquarters building set to break ground in the spring. The 2,000-employee human and animal nutrition ingredients company received support from the Iowa Economic Development Authority and the City of Des Moines to move the project forward.