Algae Biomass Organization relocates headquarters to Iowa
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Algae Biomass Organization to Relocate its Global Headquarters to Des Moines

DES MOINES – The Algae Biomass Organization (ABO) is a non-profit trade association and unified voice of the algae industry. Working on behalf of all sectors, the ABO advocates for algae-advancing policy and funding, serves as a hub for innovation and networking, and drives demand for “made with algae” products and services. The ABO’s diverse membership includes over 150 commercial algae companies, academic institutions, national research laboratories, governmental agencies and professional consulting groups throughout the United States, Canada and Europe. The ABO’s commercial algae companies utilize algae for animal feed, human consumption, sustainable aviation fuel, wastewater treatment and as an soil amendment for regenerative agriculture. 

The ABO has been in existence for 15 years and operates as a non-profit organization. The ABO is relocating its headquarters from Minnesota and will be leasing office space in the Financial Center in downtown Des Moines.  According to the ABO’s Board of Directors Chairman, Mike LaMont, the ABO is excited to relocate to Des Moines for many reasons.

“Des Moines and the state of Iowa are an attractive area to be based as this area is a center for innovation in agriculture, sustainable fuels, and related research and development at the state universities. Additionally, we have many existing ABO members based in Iowa who are spearheading creative new developments in the areas of algae feed, food, fuel, and water treatment. As these and other synergies develop, the ABO is poised for explosive growth as algae is critical to the U.S.’s goal of promoting sustainable solutions in agriculture, feed/food production, and aviation fuel. Algae is the most sustainable solution, utilizing and capturing carbon dioxide during its growth. The ABO looks forward to adding to the vibrant business climate in the central business district of downtown Des Moines, the heart of the Midwest.”

The Greater Des Moines Partnership expressed the organization’s excitement at the ABO’s headquarters being based in downtown Des Moines.

“We are excited to welcome ABO’s headquarters to Greater Des Moines and our vibrant Downtown district,” said Renae Mauk, Vice President of Downtown Development at the Greater Des Moines Partnership. “This project is a testament to our region’s strength as a hub for ag innovation and further establishes Greater Des Moines as a great place for agriculture and bioscience companies to grow and expand.” 

Billi Hunt, Executive Director of America’s Cultivation Corridor stated, “As the nation’s leader in biobased products and processing, Iowa welcomes the Algae Biomass Organization to Des Moines. Iowa has a very strong portfolio of algae-based products and innovations. We look forward to working more closely with the organization to grow the industry here and around the world.”

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Published September 2023 by Algae Biomass Organization.

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