H.J. Baker breaks ground on multimillion-dollar facility near KC animal health corridor

H.J. Baker, the maker of amino acid feed ingredients for dairy cows, said it is expanding into the Midwest with the construction of a new encapsulation facility in Emporia, KS.

The multimillion-dollar, 13,000-square-foot facility, is expected to be completed as early as March 2016 and will include offices, warehouse and a processing floor, the company said in a release.

The Westport, CT-based company's Metabolys and Metabomet technologies deliver amino acids to dairy cows to increase the volume and quality of the milk. H.J. Baker became a household name in the late 1850s when it began producing castor oil that found its way into medicine cabinets across the U.S.

H.J. Baker CEO Christopher Smith

"The encapsulated amino acid market is growing nationally and globally, and with our new Emporia facility, we anticipate being able to cater to that growth," Christopher Smith, Baker's president and CEO, said in a statement.

Emporia is located just south of what is marketed as the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor, which runs along Interstate 70 from Columbia, MO to Manhattan, KS. More than 300 animal health companies are located along the corridor, giving the Midwest stretch of landscape the largest concentration of like companies in the world.

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