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Kemin Industries Worldwide Headquarters Opens in Des Moines
Opening completes a five-year, $125.5 million overall investment in the community

Des Moines, Iowa (February 7, 2017) – More than 600 Des Moines-based Kemin employees have officially moved in to the new Kemin Industries worldwide headquarters building, located at 1900 Scott Avenue.

Located in the emerging development area of the southeast corridor near downtown, the 94,000 square-foot building houses work spaces, laboratories, collaboration areas and a fitness center. The new building is the final extension of the state-of-the-art Molecular Advancement Center Research Facility, which opened in July 2013. The new building, a $30 million investment, completes the five-year, $125.5 million overall investment in the Kemin Des Moines facilities.

“Our new global headquarters creates an inspiring and collaborative work environment for our employees,” said Dr. Chris Nelson, President and CEO of Kemin Industries. “At Kemin, we believe our employees are our most valuable asset, and we are excited to see the innovation that sparks from bringing all of our teams under one roof.”

Founded in 1961 by R.W. and Mary Nelson, Kemin has been located in the southeast corridor since its first office was located in a wool warehouse just one block from the new headquarters. After more than half a century, Kemin continues to invest in the Des Moines community, while growing strategically around the globe. 

Other Kemin expansion projects include:

“Our dedication to investing and growing in the Des Moines community, and around the world, provides the resources our teams need to move our vision forward of improving the quality of life by touching half the people of the world every day with our products and services,” said Nelson.  

The official grand opening of the headquarters will be held this August.


About Kemin Industries

Kemin ( has been dedicated to using applied science to improve the quality of life for over half a century. As a global company touching 3.4 billion people every day with its products, Kemin is committed to improving the quality, safety and efficacy of food, feed and health-related products to feed a growing population and be a resource for others in need. 

Committed to feed and food safety, Kemin maintains top-of-the-line manufacturing facilities where over 500 specialty ingredients are made for humans and animals in the global feed and food industries, as well as the health, nutrition and beauty markets. The company provides product solutions and options to customers in more than 120 countries.

A privately held, family-owned and operated company, Kemin has more than 2,000 global employees and operates in 90 countries including manufacturing facilities in Belgium, Brazil, China, India, Italy, Singapore, South Africa and the United States.

Media Contact:
Lauren M.G. Burt, Worldwide Communications Manager,, (515) 559-5589