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Fort Dodge, IA January 6, 2021 – CJ BIO today announced the completion of an additional increment of threonine capacity at the company’s U.S. Fort Dodge, Iowa plant. CJ announced in August of 2020 the completion of the FDA evaluation for Thr Pro, an 80% active granular source of L-threonine, with residual biomass.

“Initial plant capacity was twenty thousand metric tons which required an investment of $50 million. Through process enhancements, additional permitting, and efficiency improvements, our team is now producing at thirty thousand metric tons per year,” commented Joe Lucas, Vice President and GM – Animal Nutrition and Health at CJ America. “Based on the commercial acceptance of Thr Pro, we are also pleased to announce approval for an additional twenty thousand metric tons of capacity, which we will bring on stream in the second quarter of 2022. We will invest another $20 million over the next eighteen months to achieve a total threonine capacity of 50 thousand metric tons. The investment will also allow CJ to begin valine production at the Fort Dodge plant,” added Lucas.

“We are committed to continue the expansion of our North America operations in the state of Iowa to optimize efficient operations and better serve customers,” added Harry Jang, Head of CJ BIO for North and South America.

CJ BIO is a division of CJ CheilJedang, a core subsidiary in charge of the food and bioengineering business Unit of the CJ Group. CJ Group has developed its business portfolio into four core sectors – Food & Food Service, Bio & Pharma, Entertainment & Media, and Retail & Logistics.

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CJ resumes biopharmaceutical biz

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The CJ Group plans to reenter the biopharmaceutical business by acquiring Chunlab three years after selling CJ Healthcare to Kolmar Korea. Chunlab, a company established in 2009 by Professor Chun Jong-sik of Seoul National University, specializes in the research and development of microbiome, a combination of microbe and biome referring to the trillions of microorganisms and their genes in the human body.

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Enjoying the moment: CJ Bio America celebrates continued growth, expansion

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Few companies in the Fort Dodge region have experienced the type of growth seen at CJ Bio America. Nine years ago the company invested over $320 million in its Webster County plant, which produces an amino acid called lysine. Now another expansion is planned. CJ will invest about $20 million to increase production of threonine. The project, called G2, will create about 25 new jobs, bringing the total number of employees up to about 250.

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CJ Bio America plans $20M expansion

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CJ Bio America is planning to invest about $20 million in its Webster County plant so that it can make more of an amino acid that’s added to some types of livestock feed. Construction is expected to be finished in September, with the increased production scheduled to start in January 2022. The project will create 25 or 26 new jobs, according to Dennis Plautz, the chief executive officer of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance. He said about 20 people have been hired already.

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CJ Cheil Jedang ties up with SKC to produce new biodegradable material for food packaging

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CJ Cheil Jedang tied up with SKC, a polyester film and chemical material manufacturer, to produce a new biodegradable plastic material that is flexible and durable. The material has been applied to the packaging of some food products. The new material developed by SKC and CJ Cheil Jedang is good for food packaging by utilizing the characteristics of polylactic acid (PLA) and polyhydroxyalkanoates (PHAs).

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Assessment helps CJ Bio America start smart with tech upgrades

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A Fort Dodge feed ingredients company expects to save millions of dollars by implementing technology upgrades identified through a CIRAS Industry 4.0 assessment. CJ Bio America, which produces amino acids for livestock and poultry feed, expects to have the top two or three items of improvements on its list completed by the end of 2020. The list, which details places where technology enhancements could have the largest impact on the company’s bottom line, was created through a CIRAS-guided process of reassessing CJ Bio America’s current use of technology in its business.

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CJ Bio donates thousands of masks to area schools

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In an effort to make sure every student who needed a mask got one, CJ Bio America delivered thousands of them to area schools just as the school year was getting underway. The company delivered about 7,000 masks total. Those masks were delivered by Andy Sheffield, CJ human resources manager, to Fort Dodge community schools, St. Edmond Catholic School, Community Christian School and Manson Northwest Webster schools. Adult and youth-sized masks were included in the donations.

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