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EviroFlight announces plan for $20 million expansion at Maysville production facilty

Gov. Andy Beshear and leaders from EnviroFlight LLC announced last week the company’s plans to add 40 jobs in Maysville with a nearly $20 million expansion.

EnviroFlight, which produces black soldier fly larvae for animal and plant nutrition, established its Kentucky production facility just two years ago.

“As a key contributor to the commonwealth’s agritech industry, it’s a testament to EnviroFlight and Kentucky’s partnership that the company will expand so soon after opening in Maysville,” Gov. Beshear said. “This project, with its impact on Mason County and the surrounding region’s workforce, will help build a better future for Kentuckians. I want to thank EnviroFlight for growing its presence in the commonwealth, and I expect we will see much more in the years ahead.”

EnviroFlight’s leaders plan to expand the current 112,500-square-foot facility on Progress Way in Maysville by more than 173,000 square feet to accommodate new production and meet customer demand. EnviroFlight, which has grown from 12 employees at opening to a current staff of 73 people, is expected to add 40 new positions that include production and processing techs, engineering, data analysis and statistician positions. Company leaders expect the expansion project to get underway in January and be completed by September 2021.

“We are excited to expand our U.S. capacity as the demand for insect-based ingredients continues to grow. EnviroFlight’s concerted efforts to gain U.S. regulatory approval for our products, as well as our core strengths in agriculture, feed manufacturing and the animal nutrition industry, uniquely position us for growth in this exciting industry,” said Liz Koutsos, president of EnviroFlight. “The decision to expand in Maysville was an easy one due to the incredible support we’ve received from Maysville, Mason County and the State of Kentucky. We are proud to be part of the Kentucky AgriTech initiative, as the first commercial scale producer of black soldier fly larvae in the U.S.”

Founded in 2009, EnviroFlight produces sustainable insect ingredients designed for animal and plant nutrition with an emphasis on social responsibility and reducing the environmental and financial costs in developing a food supply. The company is a subsidiary of Darling Ingredients Inc., an international producer of organic ingredients used in sustainable protein and fat products, as well as renewable clean energy. Darling operates on five continents, where it collects waste from the agri-food industry, which is repurposed into specialty ingredients, such as hydrolyzed collagen, edible and feed-grade fats, animal proteins and meals, plasma, pet food ingredients, fuel feedstocks and green bioenergy.

Through the Governor’s AgriTech initiative, Team Kentucky is working to establish the state as an agritech leader for the nation. The initiative joins Kentucky’s advanced-manufacturing sector with our deep roots in agriculture. It partners Kentucky entities with international players to leverage best practices and technologies. Those efforts will foster innovation and growth in the industry for the long term.

For more information on Enviroflight, visit Enviroflight.net. To learn more about Darling Ingredients, visit Darlingii.com.

More information on the Governor’s AgriTech Initiative is available at AgriTech.ky.gov.

From Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development

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