Kemin Dedicates Research and Development Center

Kemin Industries on Aug. 26 dedicated a research and development facility at corporate headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The Molecular Advancement Center (MAC) has 46,300 sq. ft., including 1,215 feet of linear research bench space, and cost $16.7 million.

It includes two general labs, six shared labs, three pilot labs, a sensory lab, a test kitchen and a personal care application research lab. In addition to providing ample bench space, the building includes a café in an environment that encourages collaboration, creativity and innovation.

The MAC is already occupied by approximately 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.

The expansion already has resulted in 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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