Iowa biotech firm opens new research lab

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) -- Iowa biotechnology firm Kemin Industries is dedicating a new research center that is part of a major expansion in Des Moines.

Gov. Terry Branstad attended the ribbon cutting for the new $16.7 million facility Monday. This new center is the first of several new research and manufacturing centers the company plans to add to its Des Moines operation.

The company, which develops food and feed ingredients, has added 137 jobs in the region as part of the expansion. In all, the company employs about 2,000 people, 450 of them in Iowa.

Branstad praised Kemin, saying the company has "become a world player."