Kemin Industries launches $4.5 million expansion at its Des Moines headquarters
Kemin Industries started construction this week on a $4.5 million expansion at its Des Moines headquarters campus.
The company, which makes nutritional ingredients used in products for people, pets and livestock, says it will construct an 11,700-square-foot building just east of its main headquarters. The fast-growing company says the addition will house its application solutions group, which provides specialized services and technology for applying liquid nutritional products to livestock feed.
Construction is expected to be finished next year. The company anticipates hiring additional employees with the expansion, although it did not indicate how many.
R.W. and Mary Nelson founded Kemin Industries in 1961. It continues to employ several family members, including CEO Chris Nelson. In all, Kemin has 600 employees in Des Moines and 3,000 worldwide.
The company's headquarters building was completed in 2017 and was part of a five-year, $125 million investment in its campus. Kemin says construction of a 15,000-square-foot laboratory will be completed later this year.
In addition to serving as Kemin CEO, Chris Nelson founded MedPharm Iowa, a medical marijuana company, in 2017.
Donnelle Eller covers agriculture, the environment and energy for the Register. Reach her at email@example.com or 515-284-8457.