Jun 7, 2022
Valent to expand biorational production at Iowa facility
Valent Biosciences is expanding its Iowa biorational manufacturing facility, which will include a new pilot plant.
In an effort to meet “increasing demand” for current biorational products and the need for new products, Valent Biosciences recently approved the expansion project, which will get underway later this year. Completion is scheduled for mid-2024.
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.
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.
In addition, 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.
When it was completed in 2014, the Osage plant was the world’s largest purpose-built biorational manufacturing facility. Since then, Valent BioSciences has continued to invest significant resources in expanding its research and manufacturing capabilities at the site and satisfying the company’s tremendous business growth.
The Osage facility also incorporates the latest sustainable technologies. The expansion will use forward-thinking practices that reduce overall CO2 emissions, energy usage, and wastewater volumes. Recently, Valent BioSciences announced two high-profile environmental initiatives in Mitchell County, Iowa, on land adjacent to the Osage facility.
The first is the restoration of 34 acres of native prairie accessible to the public that will establish a diverse native habitat for birds, butterflies, insects, reptiles and small wildlife.
The second is a 1.5-megawatt alternating current (AC) solar field. In collaboration with Heartland Power and One Energy this will be constructed on 12 acres of land next to the prairie restoration project, which will provide approximately 8% of the Osage facility’s total annual electricity usage.