CJ Bio America, a South Korean company, will celebrate the start of construction on its $320 million amino acid plant, in Fort Dodge, Iowa. The plant is expected to create more than 170 jobs in central Iowa by 2014.

Company officials point out that the plant will produce more than 100,000 metric tons of amino acids annually for animal feed additives—primarily for hogs and chickens.

The company will hold a ground-breaking ceremony at 1:00 p.m. on Monday, May 14, at the North Central Ag Industrial Park on Harvest Ave, in Fort Dodge.

The event will include a performance by a traditional Korean music group; remarks by company, state and city officials, including Gov. Terry Branstad, as well as South Korean officials; and ceremonial ground breaking.  

CJ has maintained a reputation as a leading food and consumer product manufacturer in The Republic of Korea (South Korea) for more than five decades, company officials point out. CJ America has served numerous roles in the development of the company's core capacities in the North America region for 25 years, assisting the parent company in Korea by developing new markets and creating business opportunities.