THE Missouri Department of Economic Development and Kemin Industries recently announced that Kemin will expand its production facility in Verona, Mo.
The five-year expansion plan includes a capital investment of more than $14 million and is expected to create 24 new jobs. The expansion will allow increased production capacity of the existing facility that manufactures meat protein used in palatants for premium and super-premium pet foods.
This expansion will help position Kemin to meet increased consumer demand for pet food, the announcement said. Kemin has been expanding its global palatant manufacturing capacity over the past several years, opening a new state-of-the-art facility in Veronella, Italy, and acquiring a controlling interest in a manufacturing facility in Brazil in 2008.
In 2011, Kemin purchased spray-drying technology and a manufacturing facility in Verona from American Dehydrated Foods. With continued success, the company said it will expand its Verona plant by approximately 40,000 sq. ft. over the next five years to accommodate increased production capacity and warehouse space for future growth.
"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's pet food 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 project is part of the company's global expansion plan. Kemin is in the midst of a $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 completed, Kemin will have added six new manufacturing facilities, three research facilities and a new corporate headquarters building, the announcement said.
Kemin is a privately held, family owned and operated company with nearly 2,000 employees. It operates in more than 90 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the U.S.