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Animal health company expands operations in Kansas

The Kansas Department of Commerce, Kansas Bioscience Authority and Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation announced Midwest Veterinary Services will expand its operations and build the Veterinary and Biomedical Research Center (VBRC) in Kansas.

“In addition to working with manufacturers, our organization has a long history of collaborating with academic research institutions like Kansas State University, the University of Nebraska-Lincoln and the University of Nebraska Medical Center,” said VBRC owner Dr. Kelly Lechtenberg. “I am excited to be able to bring resources closer to our colleagues at Kansas State University and our regional clients in the Kansas City Animal Health Corridor.”

A Nebraska-based company, Midwest Veterinary Services will create 18 new jobs with an average salary of $65,000 and anticipates approximately $10,000,000 in new capital investment in Pottawatomie County. Construction has already begun on the new 20,000-square-foot facility, located along the Highway 24 corridor. There, the VBRC will design and conduct research that guides potential products through the FDA and USDA regulatory approval pathway for vaccine and pharmaceutical manufacturers.

“We are very pleased that we had shovel-ready land available to help facilitate the location and construction of the VBRC,” said Pottawatomie County Economic Development Corporation Director Bob Cole. “Pottawatomie County is proud to have been able to provide a home for this important new business and proud to have been one of a complex of partners at the regional and state level working together to bring this business to Kansas.”

“The location of VBRC in Pottawatomie County brings a tremendous asset to the state and provides much needed research and commercialization services to the large concentration of animal health companies located in Kansas. The KBA is excited to welcome VBRC to the region,” said KBA president and CEO Duane Cantrell.

“We’re looking forward to the continued expansion of animal science industries in this region, as Kansas State University, its alumni and affiliates continue to find ways to feed the world with safe and nutritious foods,” said Kansas Department of Commerce Secretary Pat George.

Date: 4/8/2013

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