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Kemin to expand Missouri processing plant

Kemin Industries plans to expand its production facility in Verona, Mo. The five-year expansion plan includes a more than US$14 million capital investment and is expected to create 24 jobs, according to reports.

According to the state Missouri Department of Economic Development, the firm’s expansion will allow increased production capacity of the existing facility that manufactures meat protein used in palatants for premium and superpremium petfoods. “Missouri’s prime location in the middle of the animal health science corridor has provided an excellent environment for our palatant plant,” said Giuseppe Abrate, president of Kemin Industries’ petfood ingredient division. “Access to diverse industry resources has served our business well and will help us achieve our vision of touching half the people, and pets, of the world with our products and services.”

The Verona expansion is part of the company’s global expansion plan. Kemin is in the middle of a US$40 million expansion at its corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa, where it recently opened a new state-of-the-art research and development facility. When this expansion is complete, Kemin will have added six new manufacturing facilities, three research facilities and a new corporate headquarters building in Southeast Des Moines.

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