Biofertilizer company to invest more than $10 million at new Bluffton site
A Philadelphia-based liquid biofertilizer company is investing more than $10 million to add a plant in Bluffton, state officials announced Wednesday.
EnviroKure plans to be fully operational at the new Wells County site in late 2019, the Indiana Economic Development Corp. said.
“We are pleased to be building our flagship facility in Bluffton,” Mark Lupke, president and CEO of EnviroKure, said in a news release.
The 80,000-square-foot Bluffton manufacturing plant will house state-of the-art equipment to extract soil-building microbes from chicken manure and cultivate field-proven biofertilizers and biostimulants. The plant will use a process developed and patented by EnviroKure, according to the release.
A spokeswoman for the economic development agency said the plant will be at 1274 S. Adams St. Construction planning is underway.
The announcement was made in conjunction with the inaugural Forbes AgTech Indianapolis Summit. The Summit was designed to bring together global agriculture leaders and business owners to tackle challenges and address solutions growers and processors can use in their fields and plants, along with showcasing innovations for farmers, investors and stakeholders in the agbiosciences.
EnviroKure plans to add up to 17 “well-paying” jobs by 2020. The company will begin hiring the on-site management team in early summer and filling manufacturing positions in fall 2019. New positions are expected to offer competitive salaries, benefits and incentive stock options, the release said.
Company spokeswoman Sonia Nofziger Dasgupta declined to disclose specific pay ranges, but said EnviroKure will based them on a salary survey the Northeast Indiana Regional Partnership oversees.
Mark Lupke is a Fort Wayne native and his brother, David, is president of Lupke Rice Insurance in Fort Wayne, along with serving on EnviroKure’s board of directors.
“We’re excited about the Indiana expansion,” said Dasgupta, who grew up in Goshen. “It’s kind of a homecoming for us.”
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