On Friday, U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack will visit Kemin Industries in Des Moines, Iowa, to highlight how manufacturing products from biobased materials can strengthen American agriculture and create jobs across the country.

Kemin is embracing innovation, researching how to use plant-based materials to manufacture ingredients used in dietary supplements and in personal care products for Americans, as well as in agriculture.

They are part of a broader biobased economy that supports tens of thousands of American jobs producing the energy and goods that the world needs from renewable resources grown here at home.

Right now, Kemin is implementing a five-year expansion plan that will add six new manufacturing facilities, three new research facilities and a new corporate headquarters building in southeast Des Moines. The company’s expansion will create 98 new jobs in the areas of research, marketing, information technology as well as other support functions.