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SCD Probiotics will open renovated manufacturing plant

SCD Probiotics will officially open its newly expanded and renovated manufacturing plant in Kansas City on Dec. 14.

Expansion of the facility at 1327 E. Ninth St. in Kansas City gives SCD Probiotics five times as much space for production and twice the space for laboratory operations. SCD installed new fermentation tanks with 76,000 liters of additional capacity and a new state-of-the-art bottling line that will add to its operational efficiency.

The company also finalized a lease in August for 12,000 square feet of warehouse space at 1951 E. 18th St. The company’s products have applications in the tannery, agriculture, animal health, composting and water-treatment industries. The tannery market has been a particular catalyst for growth because SCD offers an environmentally friendly product to remove grease and fat. It provides better-quality hides, uses less water and costs less than the toxic alternative products.

SCD exports its products to 28 countries. Exports represent 88 percent of the company’s 2012 sales to date.

The company employs 30 workers but expects to increase its head count by 20 percent as operations ramp up in the coming months.

The project was made possible through financing from the Missouri Technology Corp., Missouri Development Tax Credits, private investors and UMB Bank.

“As an entrepreneur and business leader, I am grateful for the support of our investors, UMB, Gov. Jay Nixon and the state of Missouri,” SCD Probiotics CEO Matt Wood said in a release. “The financial assistance provided to us over the past several years has helped SCD increase production capacity, hire and train new people, and invest in our community.”

Reporter - Kansas City Business Journal: James Dornbrook