Ajinomoto set to build new plant in Eddyville

EDDYVILLE, Iowa — Ajinomoto Heartland, Inc. (AHI) plans to construct a new manufacturing facility in Eddyville. AHI expects to invest $42 million in the project and create 10 additional permanent jobs.

The Ajinomoto facility uses a fermentation process to produce feed grade crystalline amino acids for animal feed for the North American and export markets. The company has operated a production facility in Eddyville since 1986.

AHI has headquarters in Chicago. The company is a wholly owned subsidiary of Ajinomoto Co. Inc., a global manufacturer of food and nutrition products based in Japan.

The Iowa Economic Development Authority awarded AHI $1.77 million in tax benefits through the High Quality Jobs Program for the project. To qualify, the company will create 10 jobs at a qualifying wage of $15.73 an hour.

For many decades Ajinomoto Co. has contributed to food culture and human health creating seasonings, processed foods, beverages, amino acids, pharmaceuticals and specialty chemicals wide-ranging application of amino acid technologies. The company’s founder, Dr. Kikunae Ikeda, was a chemist and professor at Tokyo Imperial University who discovered umami, a factor that creates the savory or meaty flavor in foods.

Ajinomoto is becoming increasingly involved with solutions for improved food resources, human health and global sustainability. Founded in 1909 and now operating in 26 countries and regions, Ajinomoto Co. had net sales of JPY 1,172.4 billion (USD 14.1 billion) in fiscal 2012.

Source: Iowa Economic Development Authority

Source: Ajinomoto Heartland Inc.

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