By Gabriel Monte: CNJ staff writer
International animal supplement manufacturer Alltech has begun limited production in its Curry County facility, according to company officials.
The Nicholasville, Ky.-based company’s 240-acre facility is located east of Clovis along Curry Road 10.
The company upgraded the former Superior Grain Sugar Refining plant to produce its Yea-Saac Farm Pak. The supplement includes yeast cultures to increase milk production in dairy cattle and is customized to the needs of the farmer, according to Deirdre Lyons, Alltech director of corporate image.
Ingredients for the supplement come from Kentucky, according to Alltech Chemical Engineer Kendon Jacobson.
Lyons said the facility will start full production by mid-January.
The Curry County location is staffed with seven employees, including a production staff, sales staff and quality control, according to Lyons.
She said the company plans to expand the products it produces at its Curry County facility in the future. Alltech’s products include Green Pro 56, which reduces methane in cow flatulence.
Lyons said the company chose to locate its facility in Clovis because of the dairy operations in the area. The facility will also serve as distribution center.
“We position ourselves where the cows are,” she said.
The company is also constructing a 4,000-square-foot marketing and conference office on their site. Area Sales Manager Aaron DeHaan said the facility will be complete by January.
Clovis Industrial Development Corp. Executive director Chase Gentry said CIDC helped the company acquire funds to pave roads leading to the facility.
“They should be a good addition to Clovis,” he said.
Alltech has locations in 85 countries, including Mexico, Brazil, Russia and Ireland, according to the Lyons.
Alltech has scheduled an agricultural seminar for Jan. 22 at the Clovis Civic Center, according to DeHaan.