Verona plant building new facility, adding 30 jobs in 2022
Kemin Industries in Verona has broken ground on a new 38,000 square-foot facility.
The new facility is designed as a state-of-the-art production plant that represents a $40 million investment in the community that will add another 30 full-time jobs to the books in Verona.
Kemin is a global ingredient manufacture that produces clean label ingredients consumed by 80 percent of the world.
The new facility is scheduled to be fully operational by March 2023 and will have the capacity to create applications for more than 100 billion pounds of meat, poultry and protein-based ingredients that will allow food processors to produce meat products with clean-label ingredients.
With its technologically, advanced, sustainable and clean-label attributes, our Proteus line is in high demand with food processors that provide meat, poultry and protein-based products to consumers, said Chris Nelson, president and CEO of Kemin. The Proteus products help to improve yield, nutrition and quality of functional foods, and with this new facility well be able to serve and expand our customers in the food technologies space.
Kemin operates two facilities in Missouri, the Verona plant and another in Sarcoxie.
Southwest Missouri has served as an excellent place for Kemins production capabilities and will continue to be a great community to expand our manufacturing opportunities, Nelson said. We believe that Verona and the surrounding areas provide a talented and dedicated workforce ideal to grow our global footprint and transform the quality of life.
Kemin also requested that the City of Verona to annex its new property into the city limits and rezone the new parcel to make it land earmarked for industrial use.
That initial request was cut short when Verona City Council member Mike Haynes pointed out a discrepancy in the ordinance.
Under Veronas zoning rules, all property that is annexed into the city is automatically zoned for agricultural use. The proposed ordinance the city considered moved to annex the Kemin property and rezone it to industrial use.
However, Haynes pointed out that the ordinance specified the city was rezoning agricultural land to industrial land, and Kemin owns some adjacent property that is already within the city limits and zoned for residential use.
Haynes said the city would have to rewrite the ordinance to include the residential property.
Just so you guys know, Im not opposed to what youre doing, Haynes told representatives of Kemin. I am opposed to the way youre doing it. Youre circumventing the people seeing whats going on.
Mayor Joseph Heck said the Verona Planning Commission had already discussed the change, and recommended that the city council approve the annexation request and rezone all Kemins property to industrial. He added that those meetings were open to the public and properly noticed.
He also asked Haynes if he would be willing to amend the proposed ordinance to include or exclude the residential property to allow Kemin to move forward with its project.
Ultimately, Haynes refused and a motion to approve the annexation and zone change failed 2-1, with Council member Rodney Bogart absent and Haynes voting against.
The city held a special meeting on Tuesday, Nov. 9 to propose a re-worded ordinance that proposed to annex the new property outside of the city limit and zone it as industrial. The ordinance passed 3-0 with Haynes absent.
The city will consider rezoning the residential properties owned by Kemin at a later date.