Kemin Industries breaks ground on new QC lab

The new facility will bring together Kemin expertise from the company’s various business units to enhance collaboration and showcase technologies.


Kemin Industries will be opening a new quality control laboratory (QC lab) that will be built onsite at its worldwide headquarters in Des Moines, Iowa. The new lab will include 15,000 sqf of functional showcase labs to exhibit Kemin’s advanced analytical capabilities, which ensure the activity, potency and specificity of Kemin’s finished goods. The lab is scheduled to open in mid-2021, and will be a working space for Kemin teams and available for its customers.

Dr Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin, said: “Building a new QC lab reinforces our commitment to delivering on our promise to customers and consumers that what they receive from Kemin is the result of our specific expertise, innovative technologies and dedication to doing more to make our world better.”

More than 30 scientists from Kemin’s human and animal health and nutrition, food technologies and pet food business units will join the Central Analytical Laboratory for Target Analytes and Xenobiotics (CALTAX) lab which manages the testing of raw materials’ hazards, including dioxins, pesticides and antibiotics.

Bringing together Kemin expertise from different specialties into one space is said to improve efficiency and collaboration of analytical analysis. Kemin used the same strategy in 2017 when it completed a five-year, US$125.5 million overall investment at its worldwide corporate headquarters in Des Moines.