Starke County, Indiana - The Starke County Economic Development Foundation today announced that Kemin Food Technologies, a division of Kemin Industries, has chosen the Starke County community of North Judson as the location for a new facility that will process a proprietary variety of spearmint to naturally extend the shelf life of foods and beverages to keep them looking great, tasting delicious, and maintaining freshness.Director of Operations, Robert Stomp, said that Kemin chose Starke County for its new facility as Starke County is home to the most knowledgeable mint farmers in the United States.Working with North Judson mint farmer, Ed Lambert, Jr., a 7,000 square foot structure has been constructed, which is Phase I of the new facility.Six new jobs will are being created and ultimately hundreds of acres of the new mint plant will be raised in Starke County.
Kemin was founded in 1961 and has grown from a small operation to a company that now has more than 1,500 employees worldwide with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.Kemin is a privately held family-owned company.
Since its beginning, Kemin has used science and research to enhance nutrition and health for humans and animals. Using cutting edge molecular technology, Kemin manufactures more than 500 specialty ingredients used by the feed and food industries and the health, nutrition and beauty markets.Kemin’s seven divisions share a unified vision of improving quality of life by touching half the people of the world every day with our products and services.In just 50 years, Kemin has grown to have a positive impact on the lives of more than 1.4 billion people throughout the world every day.
Wendy Hoppe, North Judson Town Council President, said, “We welcome the arrival of Kemin to our community and look forward to their growth here.We are pleased that they intend to take advantage of our area farmers’ expertise in mint cultivation to benefit people around the world.”
Kemin’s spearmint extract is derived from a proprietary variety of Mentha Spicata L.The process does not use steam to extract oil but uses a dried form of the plant itself.The plant-derived-extract has both flavoring and anti-oxidant properties which have been shown to be especially effective in delaying lipid oxidation, color loss, and deterioration of other sensitive molecules.
The Starke County Council granted property tax Phase-In for the new structure and equipment.
Kemin – Inspired Molecular Solutions™
Kemin (www.kemin.com) provides “inspired molecular solutions” specifically developed to provide nutrition and health benefits for humans and animals. Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where approximately 500 specialty ingredients are made for the global feed and food industries as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has nearly 1,500 employees and operates in more than 90 countries with manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.
The Starke County Economic Development Foundation is a not-for-profit local economic development organization (LEDO) providing economic development opportunities on behalf of Starke County, Indiana, the City of Knox, and the Towns of North Judson and Hamlet through the development of industrial parks, rail spurs, greenfield sites, shovel-ready sites, infrastructure, and workforce development.For more information regarding Starke County Economic Development Foundation, visit www.scedf.biz.