Marrone Bio buys Michigan production plant

08/07/2012 09:30:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

marrone bio innovationsDavis, Calif.-based Marrone Bio Innovations Inc. has acquired an 11,400-square-foot manufacturing facility in Bangor, Mich., to expand its biological pesticide production.

The plant, which sits on 11 acres of land, formerly produced biodiesel and then glycerin, according to a news release.

In addition to the plant, the acquisition also includes offices and a laboratory.

In the months to come, crews will convert the facility to ferment the natural pesticides.

Once operational, the plant is expected to produce Grandevo, a broad-spectrum bioinsecticide, and Zequanox, a natural control for invasive zebra and quagga mussels.

Marrone has several other early-stage products in development that eventually could be produced at the plant, too.

Production is expected to begin in early 2013 and will initially employ 20 to 30 people.

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