Nutraferma finished a 19,000-square-foot (1,765m2) addition to its plant in the Flynn Business Park. Five new employees were hired at the complex, raising total employment to 17. Additional capacity will be added this summer.
Company officials said more production capacity was needed to supply increased global demand for Nutraferma’s flagship product, Pepsoygen, a soy-based protein
fed to pigs, poultry, and aquaculture.
"We’re excited to have this additional capacity online to service our expanding market. We’re pleased that we were able to complete this phase on time and under budget," said Doug Douthitt, vice president of operations.
The expansion couldn’t have been completed at a better time, said Dan Emery, vice president of sales and marketing said. "We’re expecting double digit growth for the next several years," Emergy said.
Nutraferma’s plant is the only facility in North America that utilizes a cutting-edge biotech method that turns fermented soy products into more digestible feeds. The North Sioux City facility opened in 2008.