Animal Nutrition

Balchem Plans $5M Expansion at Animal Nutrition Plant

Specialty nutrition and health ingredients manufacturer Balchem Corporation is kicking off a $5 million expansion project at its Covington, VA manufacturing plant for animal nutrition and health nutrients, according to a release issued Tuesday by Roanoke Regional Partnership.

The investment will be used to double the site’s current capacity for key nutrients. Six new jobs will be added to the facility’s headcount as a result of the project.

“We are very excited about the expansion of our Covington site,” Jonathan Griffin, vice president of Balchem Animal Nutrition and Health, said in a statement. “This is not only an opportunity to bring more jobs to the area, but it also allows us to further expand our manufacturing capabilities and meet the growing needs of the Animal Nutrition and Health markets.”

The company opened its plant in Covington in 2013.

Agribusiness Cargill opened a new, $50 million premix animal nutrition plant in Lewisburg, OH in January. The 220,000-sq-ft plant features advanced technology that has not previously been deployed in animal agriculture or pet food manufacturing that will allow it to use fewer resources, according to the company. Non-medicated feed produced at the plant will support the firm’s Cargill and Provimi branded animal nutrition premixes and products, as well as additives and specialty and custom blends.