Kemin opens new US$16.7 mln research facility
The $16.7 million, 46,300 square foot Molecular Advancement Center (MAC), which includes two general labs, six shared labs, three pilot labs, a sensory lab, a test kitchen and a personal care application research lab, was opened at Kemin’s corporate headquarters in Des Moines
The facility is already occupied by about 60 scientists, researching and developing products for the feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. The company’s existing Innovation Center continues to operate at full capacity with scientists focused on discovery research and pet food
In addition to providing ample bench space, the building even includes a café serving Starbucks coffee.
Plans for the MAC were first announced when Kemin shared its worldwide expansion in October of 2010. At that time, the company committed to adding 98 new positions and has already exceeded that number, to date hiring 137 new, full-time jobs. When the expansion is complete, Kemin will have added six new manufacturing facilities, three new research facilities and a new corporate headquarters building – altogether a more than $40 million investment.
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