This Friday, April 20, USDA Secretary Tom Vilsack will highlight how manufacturing products from biobased materials can strengthen American agriculture and create jobs across the country.

Vilsack will visit Kemin, a Des Moines-based company that is embracing innovation and research on how to use plant-based materials to manufacture ingredients used in agricultural dietary supplements as well as in personal care products for Americans. Vilsack’s visit is planned for 11:30 a.m.

Kemin is part of a broader biobased economy that supports tens of thousands of jobs producing the energy and goods that the world needs from renewable resources grown here at home. Kemin is implementing a 5-year expansion plan that will add six new manufacturing facilities, three new research facilities and a new corporate headquarters building in southeast Des Moines.

Kemin’s expansion will create 98 new jobs in research, marketing, information technology as well as other support functions.

Kemin is located at 2100 Maury Street, Des Moines, Iowa 50317.

Editor’s note: Those seeking photos and videos of Vilsack touring the Kemin research and development facility should arrive at 10:45 a.m.