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Japan-Based Valent BioSciences Expands Osage, Iowa, Manufacturing Campus

To meet increasing demand for its biorational products, Japan-based Valent BioSciences will expand its manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa.

Production-scale fermentation and recovery equipment will be installed with full digital capabilities to produce products that increase crop yields, preserve forests, and protect the public from vector-borne diseases. Construction will begin this summer and will be completed during the second quarter of 2024, according to company officials.

In addition, a new pilot plant facility with state-of-the-art development equipment will be included in the project. This will be used to accelerate introduction of new products and provide additional capacity and instrumentation to analyze and improve existing fermentation performance; laboratory, office, maintenance, and warehouse areas will be expanded as part of the project plan to house additional employees and provide an enhanced workplace environment.

“We are proud to support these environmental initiatives, which align with our focus on sustainability and enhancing the quality of life in our local communities,” said Paul Kelley, Valent BioSciences’ Vice President of Supply Chain and Manufacturing. “Much work has also been going on behind the scenes to make these initiatives a reality, and we want to thank OneEnergy Renewables, the Heartland Power Cooperative, the City of Osage, the Mitchell County Conservation Board, and Pheasants Forever for their valuable contributions and assistance.”

When it was completed in 2014, the Osage plant was the world’s largest purpose-built biorational manufacturing facility.

“We are thankful for the opportunity to partner with Valent BioSciences and OneEnergy on this project,” said Heartland Power Cooperative CEO Jon Leerar. “By working together, Heartland Power Cooperative and OneEnergy are able to provide knowledge and experience in the energy industry to help Valent BioSciences reach their sustainability goals.”

Headquartered in Libertyville, Illinois, Valent BioSciences is a subsidiary of Tokyo-based Sumitomo Chemical Co., Ltd., and is the worldwide leader in the development, manufacturing, and commercialization of biorational products with sales in 95 countries around the world. The company s is an ISO 9001 Certified Company.

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