Valent BioSciences opens manufacturing plant in Iowa

06/27/2014 07:44:00 AM
Vicky Boyd

click image to zoomValent BioSciences plantCourtesy Valent BioSciencesValent BioSciences Corp. cut the ribbon on its new $146 million manufacturing facility in Osage, Iowa, June 27.

The 130,000 square-foot facility, more than three years in the making, is designed and built to exclusively manufacture biorational products, according to a news release.

Biorational products are typically derived from or mimic natural substances. They include pesticides and products for crop stress management, plant physiological benefits, root growth management and post-harvest benefits.

Examples include the insecticide Bacillus thuringiensis and the plant growth regulator gibberellic acid.

The Osage plant was designed to supply most of the company's products derived from fermentation. Many of those products were formerly produced by AbbVie Inc., Lake Bluff, Ill.

Libertyville, Ill.-based Valent BioSciences is a wholly owned subsidiary of Sumitomo Chemical Co., Tokyo, as is its sister company, Valent U.S.A., Walnut Creek, Calif.

Valent U.S.A. will market and distribute the VBC line as well as a portfolio of Sumitomo products.

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