CEDAR RAPIDS, IOWA – Red Star Yeast Co. opened the expansion of its manufacturing facility in Cedar Rapids, Iowa earlier this year. It is expected to be completed by the end of 2022. The expansion will add the facility’s tenth fermenter and other supporting equipment.
“We are growing in response to the growth of the health and nutrition markets, but equally important as a commitment to supply our customers in mature markets like bakery,” said Tom Benner, president and CEO of the management of Lesaffre Yeast Corp., the parent company of Red Star. “Red Star is committed to continuing to provide the world-class reliability and service that customers have come to expect from us.”
With growing business for the company’s health and nutrition markets, including human and animal nutrition, ethanol and yeast extract, Red Star’s manufacturing capabilities had reached capacity. This new expansion will add the capacity needed to support these markets and the company’s bakery customers.
Red Star operates two yeast manufacturing facilities in the United States in Dothan, Alabama and Cedar Rapids. The Iowa plant is a joint venture between Lesaffre and ADM, which opened in 2005 with six yeast fermenters. This is the fourth expansion at Cedar Rapids.
Lesaffre supplies the North American baking industry with yeast and ingredients, including Red Star fresh yeast and Saf-instant dry yeast. The Milwaukee-based company is part of the Lesaffre group, based in Lille, France.