Eddyville, Iowa (May 26, 2016) - Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. celebrated the 30th anniversary of its feed-grade amino acid production plant near Eddyville, Iowa, on Thursday, May 19. As North America’s leading amino acid-based animal nutrition company, Ajinomoto Heartland manufactures lysine, threonine, AjiPro®-L Rumen Protected Lysine and AjiTein®, a dried cell product used as a protein source for animals, in Eddyville for customers in North America and around the globe. The 30th activities recognized Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc.; Iowa agriculture and the resources and talents in the Eddyville, Iowa, area.
Present from Tokyo, Japan, were Mr. Takaaki Nishii, President and CEO, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Dr. Hiroshi Fukushi, Member of the Board & Corporate Senior Vice President, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Mr. Yoichiro Togashi, President, Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group. Also present were Haruo Kurata, Corporate Vice President and General Manager, North America Division, Ajinomoto Co., Inc.; Tatsuya Sato, President, Ajinomoto Health & Nutrition North America, Inc. and Masami Kashiwakura, President, Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc..
“Iowa is one of the best places for our animal nutrition as well as food ingredient products in terms of abundant resources of production and human resources, and we are very thankful for it, said Ajinomoto Co. Inc. President and CEO, Mr. Takaaki Nishii. “With all our properties and expertise combined together among all the Ajinomoto Group companies in North America, we will keep supporting our customers’ business growth, and endeavor to keep contributing to healthy living through nutrition, and Ajinomoto Heartland will take the lead on that in the United States.”
Representing the state of Iowa were Terry E. Branstad, the Governor of Iowa; Kim Reynolds, Lieutenant Governor of Iowa; and Mike Naig, Iowa Deputy Secretary of Agriculture. Representing Iowa agriculture were Leslie Sivesind, the Iowa Dairy Princess; Holly Cook, the Iowa Pork Queen; and Kambrea Davies, the Iowa Poultry Queen.
“When I became Governor, way back in 1983, this was a dying coal mining town. And today, Eddyville is one of the most vibrant economic opportunity areas we have in Iowa. It’s companies like Ajinomoto that have made that possible,” said Iowa Governor Mr. Terry Branstad. “It’s been exciting to come back over the years to see the growth, the development and the quality jobs that have been created, and the vibrancy we now see in the local economy because of it.”
Also in attendance were long-standing customers of Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. from companies throughout North America, trusted suppliers and members of academia from Midwest colleges and universities. Lunch was provided by a local, award-winning caterer. The anniversary cakes showcased the talents of the Culinary Arts Department of Indian Hills Community College (IHCC), both located in Ottumwa.
The anniversary plant open house featured plant tours, samples of food items from Ajinomoto Foods North America, Inc. and food items representing Iowa agriculture, as well as a display of Ajinomoto products and products that contain flavor-enhancing Ajinomoto ingredients.
About Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc.
Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. is one of five companies affiliated with the Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group, a global leader in feed-grade amino acid manufacturing. Representing Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition in North America, Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. manufactures and distributes cost effective feed-grade amino acids and is the frontrunner in amino acid nutritional research and technical expertise. The Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition Group supplies 20% of the world’s lysine and 35% of the world’s threonine.
Founded in 1984 as Heartland Lysine, Inc. a joint venture between Ajinomoto Co., Inc. and Les Produits Organiques du Santerre, S.A. (Orsan) to produce feed-grade lysine, the company began production at its Eddyville facility in 1986 with 66 employees and an initial investment of $30 million. Heartland Lysine became Ajinomoto Heartland, LLC during a corporate restructuring in 1990 and became Ajinomoto Heartland, Inc. with the establishment of Ajinomoto Group’s North America Division in 2011. Effective April 1, 2018, Ajinomoto Heartland, Inc. has changed its name to Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc.
The Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. Eddyville facility has continually expanded its lysine production capacity as well as its product portfolio, adding threonine production in 2002 and AjiPro®-L Rumen Protected Lysine in 2011. Recently, Ajinomoto Co., Inc. announced that the Eddyville plant will begin manufacturing feed-grade tryptophan in 2017, through the introduction of new fermentation production technology, becoming the first feed-grade tryptophan producer in North America. Ajinomoto Animal Nutrition North America, Inc. has approximately 32 employees in Chicago and 150 staff members in Eddyville, Iowa, with plans to increase the number of employees to meet new production needs.
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